Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services Interconnection (Addressable Systems) (Amendment) Regulations, 2019

Nov 01, 2019 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

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The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on October 31, 2019, has published the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services Interconnection (Addressable Systems) (Amendment) Regulations, 2019.

However, based on the comments received and analysis of the developments in the market TRAI has amended Schedule III of the Interconnection Regulations 2017, mainly on the following:

i.        Scheduling and Scope of Audit

ii.    Transactional capacity of Conditional Access System (CAS) and Subscriber Management System (SMS)system

iii.     Support for Overt and Covert fingerprinting in Set-Top-Boxes

iv.     Watermarking network logo for all pay channels

The scheduling has been so amended that the Distributor of Pay TV broadcasting services will keep a minimum gap of six months between the two annual audits and the maximum time gap is eighteen months. Similarly, the minimum transactional capacity required for Conditional Access System (CAS) and Short Message Services (SMS) systems has been revised to 5 % instead of earlier 10 %.

The amended regulations will help in establishing a fully compliant trust-based Audit. Further, for any clarification/information, Shri Anil Kumar Bhardwaj, Advisor (B&CS), Telecom Regulatory Authority of India may be contacted at Tel. No. +91-11-23237922.

[Press Release No. 109/ 2019]


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