Corona : MCOF requests TRAI to defer NTO 2.0 implementation

The federation is awaiting response from TRAI

The Maharashtra Cable Operators Federation (MCOF) has requested the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to defer the implementation of the amended tariff order (NTO 2.0) in view of the crisis created by Coronavirus. MCOF president Arvind Prabhu said that they are awaiting response from the regulatory body. The Association of Film and Video Editors has also decided to stop the shooting of TV serials, web series, etc. from 19 till 31 March 2020.

The federation has written in a letter today to the authority that in the normal course of business, LCO business entails many visits to Customer premises for Collections of Post-paid Subscription and on- site Service Support. It added that NTO2.0 will necessitate more frequent interaction with Subscribers firstly to refit them into New Basic Plan options and secondly to enable them to make the right choices of Pay Channels and Packages.

It has also been said that the field executives will be exposed to many subscribers and vice versa and thus has a higher probability of turning into a Passive Carrier, if not a patient himself, which is ill- advised in the days of Corona Virus spread. At the present scenario, almost everyone is resorting to Social distancing to contain the spread.

It has also added that the problem is compounded in large cities where the cable executive often travels and aboard Public Transport to reach his office . It mentioned that while the future situation is not predictable , the psychological need for minimal interaction would be hard to overcome.

“We therefore request you to kindly defer the implementation of NTO 2.0 until things settle. The interim period would also be useful for more interactions with and by the Industry and whole-hearted participation by each Value chain Member,” the letter stated.

“We also request that the deferment be made applicable to DTH and IPTV Operators too so as to ensure Status quo across the Sector.  This is without prejudice to the rights of stakeholders who have legally challenged the Tariff regulations and the outcomes are subjudice at this stage,” it added.

Latest Reads
Govt sets up COVID-19 Fact Check Unit to counter fake news

In the wake of influx of misinformation that the government says is being spread through social media, the press information bureau of the ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) has set up a portal, COVID-19 Fact Check Unit.

Regulators I&B Ministry
I&B min seeks donation of one day's salary to PM-CARES fund

The ministry of information and broadcasting has appealed to all its officers, staff, including media units, autonomous bodies, and PSUs to contribute their one day's salary to the Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situation (PM-CARES) Fund to aid the government's effort...

Regulators I&B Ministry
MIB extends time for feedback on Cable TV Networks Amendment Bill 2020

The ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) has extended the timeline to receive feedback or comments on the proposed amendments of Cable Television Networks Amendment Bill 2020. While it was extended upto 17 March first time, the ministry has extended the date now till 13 April.

Regulators I&B Ministry
MIB asks states to ensure operational continuity of media amid Covid-19 outbreak

In view of the coronavirus pandemic, the ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) has directed all state governments and union territories to ensure uninterrupted operation of information networks as their outreach is of vital importance.

Regulators I&B Ministry
MIB asks private satellite channels to air TVC on COVID-19

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has directed private satellite TV channels to air a new television commercial on the dos and don’ts of COVID-19 as the pandemic  is taking a toll across the globe. While India is still at the stage II of the outbreak, the awareness among the common...

Regulators I&B Ministry
AIDCF informs TRAI it will provide detailed submission for NTO 2.0 soon

MUMBAI: The All India Digital Cable Federation (AIDCF) has submitted a letter to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), as per the judgement of the Kerala High Court, stating that it is collating information from member companies to make a detailed submission on the amended new tariff...

Regulators TRAI
No assessment made on impact of NTO 2.0 on DD Free Dish: I&B minister

NEW DELHI: No assessment on the impact of new tariff order (NTO 2.0) on the public broadcaster Prasar Bharati’s free DTH platform DD Free Dish has been carried out by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), revealed I&B minister Prakash Javadekar in response to a question by Congress...

Regulators I&B Ministry
COVID-19: Union ministry debunks fake order giving holidays to offices

MUMBAI: The ministry of health & family welfare has debunked a fake ‘Office Memorandum’ (OM) issued in its name, giving holidays to government offices in four states in view of the Coronavirus disease. The fake OM says that “holiday is mandatory to all schools, colleges, educational institutes...

Regulators People
Tata Sky seeks to amend its writ petition against TRAI in the tariff order case

MUMBAI: The direct-to-home (DTH) platform Tata Sky has sought to amend the writ petition which was filed earlier before the Delhi High Court against the new tariff order introduced by The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). Alongside the ongoing case, Tata Sky seeks to amend the present...

Regulators High Court

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories

* indicates required