KOLKATA: Native Cable Operators (LCOs) seem like agitated with business regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) for portraying them as ‘conduits’ between the multi-system operators (MSOs) and subscribers. In keeping with sources, TRAI has ignored the position performed by LCOs as final mile homeowners in a reply to ongoing litigation towards NTO 2.0 within the Bombay excessive court docket.
The Maharashtra Cable Operators Federation (MCOF) is of the view that it’d result in subscriber possession transferred to the MSO. Whereas the TRAI might point out it isn’t involved about LCO’s income, it additionally portrays LCOs as mere recharge operators within the cellular enterprise.
“TRAI has worsened our scenario by making assertive statements going towards our pursuits,” the MCOF stated in a memo.
In one other assertion, TRAI has conferred the credit score for creating infrastructure to the MSOs. Regardless of placing lakhs of kilometres of a community collectively, the LCOs might stand to lose over Rs 1,00,000 crore price of infrastructure as a result of incorrect assertion, the MCOF asserted.
In keeping with the federation, TRAI has ignored the imbalance the place advantages move to broadcasters and MSOs at the price of LCOs no matter whether or not the subscriber pays roughly than pre-NTO days below compulsion to justify its judgemental errors. The unsubstantiated justification for lowering NCF on further STB fully reductions the truth that many of the STBs are serviced by the LCO who incurs per go to prices that aren’t billed for.
The federation has urged the operators to lift their voices and protest the assertion to make TRAI file a revised affidavit earlier than the excessive court docket.