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TRAI extends deadline for comments on tariff offers paper

This is the second extension sought by the stakeholders for commenting on the paper which was originally supposed to close on 26 December 2019.

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  • Telcos, it said, would also “need to share details with mobile users of the relevant web portal/apps created” in their upcoming media campaign on ways to rein in pesky calls and text messages.

    A two-private player duopoly in the telecom market would be too risky in India, especially for the consumers, senior officials at the sectoral watchdog said.

    Local cable operators (LCO) have sought a meeting with the broadcast regulator to “discuss” issues they are facing with respect to tariff rules even as television broadcasters have challenged the recent amendments to the new tariff order (NTO) in the Bombay High Court.

    Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio now stands to pocket as much as Rs 1,600 crore in interconnect fees from the two older carriers over the next one year, having become a net IUC recipient in the October-December period, analysts said.

    The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has extended timeline for receiving comments over its consultation paper which seeks views on fixing a floor price for voice and data services on telecom networks. The deadline for filing comments and counter comments has been extended till February 28 and March 13, respectively.

    Among the three access service providers, Reliance Jio added the highest number of 5.6 million wireless subscribers, while Bharti Airtel saw a nominal net addition of 1.6 million, according to subscriber data for November 2019 released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Thursday.

    "The new framework is consumer-friendly and addresses the issues of stakeholders. We have provided the freedom to broadcasters and they are free to price. We have only reduced the bouquet cap to Rs 12," Trai chairman Ram Sewak Sharma said. The new regime was unveiled in Dec 2018, and the regulator has issued amendments on Jan 1, this year.

    Admitting petitions from (IBF) and top broadcasters, the two-judge bench of justice SC Dharmadhikari and justice RI Chagla, allowed Trai, to respond within a week. The court will hear the matter on January 22.

    The TRAI had in December 2019 issued new tariff rules by which prices of the Network Capacity Fee (NCF) were lowered, benefiting consumers.

    Trai's move goes against the government's stated position of ensuring the ease of doing business, they said.

    Top Indian broadcasters – Star & Disney India, Zee Entertainment Enterprises (ZEE), Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN), Viacom18, Discovery Communications, Turner International, ETV and TV Today Network –shared a stage on Friday showing solidarity against the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s latest amendments to broadcast sector tariff order.

    TRAI issued the amendments to its tariff order - which take effect on March 1 on Jan 1. It limited the discounting on TV channels bouquets to 33%, while also reducing the maximum retail price (MRP) of channels in those bouquets to Rs 12 from Rs 19.

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