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Airtel Digital TV removes network capacity fee

It is only application to those subscribing to long term plans.

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MUMBAI: After Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) tariff order has come into effect, consumers across the country have been complaining about a hike in cable bill. To keep them satisfied, DTH operators are waving off Network Capacity Fee (NCF). Now, Airtel Digital TV has joined the league of operators who have removed the NCF on free-to-air (FTA) channels following Tata Sky, Dish TV and Sun Direct.

Airtel Digital TV is waiving off NCF for its long term plans only. Subscribers under three months plan, six months plan, 12 months plan will be able to avail this facility. According to media reports, the modified long term plans are now available in selected regions and are expected to be expanded into other regions within a few weeks.

As per the latest framework, customers need to pay Rs 130 to get the first 100 FTA channels. An additional network fee of Rs 20 per month is also being charged for every block of 25 paid channels.

Last month, TRAI extended the deadline for DTH and cable TV subscribers to select their channels till 31 March under the new tariff regime. The regulatory body added that the subscribers’ old plan would continue till the consumer makes the choice. TRAI also said that the subscribers who don’t exercise any choice would be migrated to ‘Best Fit Plans’.

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