Commencement of TRAI Tariff Order, Interconnection Regulations and Quality of Service Regulations for Broadcasting and Cable Services

As reported in March 2017 issue of Inter alia…, the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services (Eighth) (Addressable Systems) Tariff Order, 2017 (‘Tariff Order’) and the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services Interconnection (Addressable Systems) Regulations, 2017 (‘Interconnection Regulations’) issued by TRAI on March 3, 2017, had been challenged in the Madras High Court by Star India and Vijay Televisions. Consequently, TRAI had suspended the implementation of the Interconnection Regulations, Tariff Order and the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services Standards of Quality of Service and Consumer Protection (Addressable Systems) Regulations, 2017 (‘QoS Regulations’). The validity of the Interconnection Regulations and the Tariff Order has now been upheld by the Madras High Court, other than with respect to the provisions imposing a cap of 15% on maximum discounts on bouquets of channels. As per TRAI’s Press Release dated July 3, 2018, the Tariff Order, Interconnection Regulations and QoS Regulations are now in force with effect from July 3, 2018 and accordingly, all timelines prescribed in the Tariff Order, Interconnection Regulations and QoS Regulations would be deemed to commence from such date.

However, do note that a Special Leave Petition filed by Star India in this regard is still pending before the Supreme Court.

Published In:Inter Alia - Quarterly Edition - September 2018 [ English Chinese japanese ]
Date: September 1, 2018