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TRAI extends deadline for comments on draft Telecommunication Services Interconnection Regulations

The authority has extended the deadline to 16 September

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MUMBAI: Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has extended the last for receipt of written comment on its draft Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services Interconnection (Addressable Systems) (Amendment) Regulations, 2019 from 9 September to 16 September.

The authority released the draft regulation on 27 August. TRAI has amended Schedule –III of its 2017 version. “During the consultation undertaken to prepare the audit manual certain comments and observations reflected some issues in the Schedule III of the Interconnection Regulations 2017,” said TRAI in its release.

It further said, “Accordingly, a draft regulation related to amendment to schedule-III of the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services Interconnection (Addressable Systems) Regulations, 2017, has been issued on the issues related to digital rights management systems, transactional capacity of CAS and SMS system, fingerprinting - support for overt and covert fingerprinting in STBs and watermarking network logo for all pay channels.”

A consultation paper on “Interconnection framework for Broadcasting TV Services distributed through Addressable Systems” was issued by TRAI on 4 May 2016. This consultation process resulted in notification of the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services Interconnection (Addressable Systems) Regulations, 2017 (1 of 2017) dated 3 March 2017.

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