Trai institutes mechanism for speedy implementation of its recommendations by DoT, MIB

The 10 recommendations made by Trai to MIB are still pending with the government.


Mumbai: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has released its annual report for the year 2020-21. The report contains an overview of the broadcasting sector and a summary of the key initiatives of Trai on regulatory matters with specific reference to the functions mandated to it under the Act.

Over the last few years, Trai has sent a number of recommendations to the department of telecommunications (DoT) and the ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) on important issues concerning the growth of broadcasting and cable services in the country. A number of these recommendations have been accepted during the period. “However, many of the important recommendations are still pending for decision/implementation by DoT and MIB which if implemented would have a significant positive impact on the sector,” the telecom regulator said.

Important recommendations that have been accepted by MIB during the year 2020-21 and their likely impact on the sector are detailed below:

(i) Recommendations on “Issues related to New DTH Licenses” were forwarded to the government on 23 July 2014. The implementation of these recommendations will ensure certainty and continuity of business and orderly growth of the DTH sector and will promote a level playing field. After acceptance of these recommendations by MIB, the amendments to DTH License guidelines were issued on 30 December 2020.

(ii) Recommendations on “KYC of DTH Set Top Boxes” forwarded to the government on 24 October 2019 addressed the security concerns for use of DTH boxes outside the country as satellites have footprints beyond geographical boundaries. The acceptance and implementation of these Recommendations will result in standardisation of the verification process and will ensure installation of DTH connection at the address mentioned in CAF and will not load the industry/customer with unnecessary additional requirements and costs.

(iii) Recommendations on “Platform Services offered by DTH Operators” forwarded to the government on 13 November 2019 addressed the issues of bringing platform services under a regulatory framework and providing transparent information to consumers about platform services. Amendments to DTH License guidelines have been issued by MIB on 30 December 2020 whereby DTH operators are permitted to operate platform services channels to a maximum of five per cent of their total channel carrying capacity.

Recommendations forwarded to MIB that are still pending with the government as of 31 March 2021 are as follows:

1.      Recommendations on restrictions on certain entities from entering the business of broadcasting and distribution of TV channels.

2.      Recommendations on Issues related to radio audience measurement and ratings in India.

3.      Recommendations on issues related to digital terrestrial broadcasting (DTT) in India.

4.      Recommendations on sharing infrastructure in the TV broadcasting distribution sector.

5.      Recommendations on issues related to digital radio broadcasting in India.

6.      Recommendations on issues relating to uplinking and downlinking of television channels in India.

7.      Recommendations on reserve price for auction of FM radio channels in new cities.

8.      Recommendations on interoperability of set-top box.

9.      Recommendations on review of television audience measurement and rating system in India.

10.    Recommendations on a regulatory framework for platform services (PS) for MSO.

The Trai felt that a periodic review of the implementation status of all recommendations of the authority should be done at the highest level. With an objective to put in place a mechanism whereby there is a periodic review of the implementation of pending recommendations of Trai in DoT/MIB and to create a central repository for real-time tracking of the status of all recommendations, the regulator has developed a recommendation status portal which can be accessed jointly by Trai, DoT, and MIB.

Latest Reads

Aha plans to expand in Tamil market; observes potential business opportunities in Avod model

Launched in 2020, video-on-demand streaming service Aha, which provides 100 percent Telugu content, has created its own space in the minds of audiences. Aha, which was dependent on the subscription video on demand (SVOD) model for revenue, has decided to go 'hybrid'. Subscribers will now decide if...

iWorld Over The Top Services
Trai extends deadline to receive stakeholder comments on ‘renewal of MSO registration’ consultation paper

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has extended the deadline to receive comments & counter comments on the consultation paper ‘renewal of multi-system operators (MSOs) registration’. Stakeholders can submit their written comments by 24 August and their counter comments by 31...

iWorld Telecom
OTTplay launches quirky campaign to woo audiences across India

OTTplay has rolled out a new campaign ‘Maze Karo Multiply’, introducing a one-of-its-kind proposition for the fast-growing OTT audience in India.

iWorld Over The Top Services
ManoramaOnline's campaign celebrates the homecoming of every Malayali's superhero

Onam celebrates the homecoming of every Malayali's superhero, the benevolent king Mahabali. When it comes to good times, Malayalis consider the times of the legendary Mahabali to be the gold standard.

iWorld eNews
Amazon miniTV friendship day campaign creates buzz amongst brands

Amazon miniTV friendship day campaign #CaseTohBantaHai has marked a new milestone in creating content-led entertaining experiences for its audiences. Interestingly, brands across the vertical started participating in the campaign. 

iWorld Over The Top Services
Amagi records over 100% revenue growth (YoY) for Q1 FY23

Amagi, a cloud-based SaaS technology for broadcast and connected TV, has reported a revenue increase of more than 100 per cent year on year in Q1 FY23.The company mentioned that the global surge in demand for connected TV devices, as well as the free ad-supported streaming TV (FAST) viewing...

iWorld Over The Top Services
Disney+ Hotstar adds 8.3 mn subscribers in the quarter ended 2 July to reach 58.4 mn

Mumbai: The Walt Disney Company on Wednesday revealed that Disney+ Hotstar added 8.3 million members during the quarter ended 2 July to reach 58.4 million paid subscribers. The company announced its financial results for the third quarter fiscal 2022.   Overall Disney+ subscribers have reached 152....

iWorld Over The Top Services
HBO Max delivers a new mobile, desktop apps for an improved user experience globally

Warner Bros. Discovery's OTT service HBO Max has completed the rollout of a new user experience on desktop, iOS and Android mobile devices, and Amazon Fire tablets, where available globally.

iWorld Over The Top Services
Kunal Lakhara promoted as chief financial officer of Pocket Aces

The digital entertainment company, Pocket Aces, has elevated Kunal Lakhara to the new position of chief financial officer. Prior to this, Kunal was the vice president of finance & operations and a key member of the executive leadership team at the company.

iWorld Over The Top Services