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TRAI extends deadline till Jan. 31

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Friday informed the Madras High Court that it has extended till January 31 the deadline for migration of broadcasting and cable services, including the complete shift from analog cable connections to digital set top box connections, to a new regulatory framework.

The submission was made before Justice S. Vaidyanathan during the hearing of a writ petition filed by Chennai Metro Cable TV Operators Association, a body of local operators. The association had challenged two press releases issued by TRAI and feared that the new regulations might come into effect from December 29.

However, senior counsel P. Wilson, representing TRAI, produced a notification issued on Thursday and pointed out that the deadline had been extended till January 31. After perusing the document, the judge ordered notices to TRAI as well as the Centre and adjourned the case to January 3 for filing of counter affidavits.

According to TRAI’s latest notification, the new framework comprised of the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services (Eighth) (Addressable Systems) Tariff Order of 2017, the interconnection regulations of 2017 and the quality of service regulations of 2017. All three of them were supposed to have come into effect last year.

However, they got delayed due to pending litigations. TRAI held a series of meetings and consultations with all stakeholders. From the discussions, it emerged that by and large, most of them were ready for implementation of the new framework.

Nevertheless, industry representatives sought some more time to make the subscribers aware about the new framework.

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