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TRAI notifies amendments to regulatory framework for broadcasting and cable services and releases

Published on July 08, 2024
Current Context: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has made significant changes to the regulatory framework for broadcasting and cable services on 8th July 2024.
TRAI notifies amendments to regulatory framework for broadcasting and cable services and releases
  • Here are the key updates:
    • Network Capacity Fee (NCF) Ceiling Removed: TRAI has removed the previous ceiling on NCF. Previously, it was ₹130 for 200 channels and ₹160 for more than 200 channels. Now, the fee will be determined by market forces.
    • Addressable Systems Tariff Amendment: TRAI issued the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services (Eighth) (Addressable Systems) Tariff (Fourth Amendment) Order, 2024.
    • Interconnection Regulations Amendment: The Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services Interconnection (Addressable Systems) (Sixth Amendment) Regulations, 2024, were also released.
    • Quality of Service and Consumer Protection Amendment: TRAI updated the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services Standards of Quality of Service and Consumer Protection (Addressable Systems) (Fourth Amendment) Regulations, 2024.
  • Additionally, TRAI provided recommendations to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) regarding the listing of television channels in the Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) and upgrading the DD Free Dish platform to an addressable system.

Question:

1 According to the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services Standards of Quality of Service and Consumer Protection (Addressable Systems) (Fourth Amendment) Regulations, 2024, what did TRAI update?

  • A) Frequency allocation for regional channels
  • B) Pricing structure for pay channels
  • C) Quality of satellite signals
  • D) Standards of Quality of Service and Consumer Protection
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