September 2019


TRAI has issued a consultation paper to review & readjust its New Tariff Order (NTO). A broadcaster has tried to get a court stay order!

A review of the NTO is essential, since consumers are worse off than prior to the NTO! Broadcasters have made a-la-carte choice of pay channels punitive, forcing inflated bouquets on consumers, who have to pay the NCF on channels they do not require.

At JIO's AGM, Chairman Mukesh Ambani declared that its Wired Broadband plans will start at ₹ 700 per month. This is a fair price, that will permit smaller broadband networks to offer similar services at competitive prices. Networks need to immediately invest & upgrade for a minimum delivery speed of 100 Mbps.

The Tamil Nadu government's Arasu Cable TV network has been in the news last month for all the wrong reasons. Its CEO was sacked for protesting against an economically unviable Cable TV package. According to reports, the Nilakottai tahsildar's staff cut Cable operators' lines, declaring that only Arasu connections will be allowed. A cable network owner was fatally electrocuted trying to repair his sabotaged line.

TRAI has repeatedly advised against permitting state governments to broadcast. The I&B ministry has ignored the recommendations.

The SCaT 2019 Tradeshow - the industry's largest annual trade event and meeting place, will be held, as usual at the World Trade Centre, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai from 14 to 16 October. The show will be an excellent opportunity to see and compare several thousand Cable TV & Broadband products, essential to maintain and upgrade your networks. Do drop in to chat and share your views on the industry.