New Delhi: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has issued new guidelines requiring telecommunications operators to sign an interconnection agreement on a non-discriminatory basis within 30 days of receiving a network connectivity request from a competing provider. These are technical and commercial agreements signed between broadcasters and service providers to provide broadcasting services to subscribers. The interconnection regulations will define the framework and procedures for a reporting system that allows service providers to provide TRAI with information about their interconnection agreements. Trai had recommended this penalty because it believed that the three operators had violated the licensing agreement, which requires that the taker be responsible for maintaining the quality of the services and that any violations could be considered a violation of the terms of the licence. “At the end of a two-year period from the date of the first interconnection, or February 1, 2018, as the case may be, the national ports of a PoI are adapted to single-use traffic so that the number of ports destined to transmit traffic out of each service provider to the other provider is over a three-month period in proportion to their outbound traffic.” Trai added. 5. This regulation aims to promote transparency and non-discrimination in the broadcasting sector. In accordance with the new regulation, all reference offers (REFERENCE Interconnect Offer, RIO) must be submitted by each television broadcaster and the distributor of television channels. Initially, the distributor, which has an active average participation base under a lakh, was exempted from the obligation to provide detailed information on interconnection agreements in order to promote commercial usability and reduce the regulatory burden on these limited resource-constrained MSOs. The new regulation provides for electronic online filing. The Authority has determined that the new rules will come into force in 120 days, except for the disclosure of information on compliance officials. The interval will allow the provider to prepare for simple compliance. In addition, the agreement reached to date did not provide for sanctions for failing operators.
Following the implementation of the new rules of the broadcasting industry customs code, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has launched the consultation process on rules that will focus on standards for transmitting information about interconnection agreements between broadcasters, MSOs and DTH companies to the regulator. 2. The primary purpose of the interconnected registry is to formulate the contours of a notification system for service providers so that they can provide the Authority with details of interconnection agreements, including business details.