TRAI releases Recommendations on “Ease of Doing Business in Broadcasting Sector”

Feb 27, 2018 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

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The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) vide press release dated February 26, 2018 has released its recommendations on “Ease of Doing Business in Broadcasting Sector”.

Key recommendations are as follows:-

(i)             The process of granting of permission/ license/ registration for broadcasting services should be streamlined by removing redundant processes, re-engineering necessary processes, and making them efficient using ICT.

(ii)           The Government should setup an online integrated portal for broadcasters, teleport operators, and distributors of TV channels, which should facilitate the filing, processing and tracking of applications, payments, frequency assignments, endorsements and renewals with common database.

(iii)         The security clearances required for grant of permission/ license for broadcasting service should be issued within a period of 60 days.

(iv)          Allocation of spectrum for the commercial satellite usage should be carried out throughout the year. The current procedure of intermittent opening of window neither has any stated objective nor it ensure judicious use of space spectrum.

(v)            The Wireless Operating License issued by WPC should be valid for period equivalent to service license/ permission period with a provision of renewal on an annual basis. (vii) All processes, including time taken by MIB, WPC, DoS, MHA, and NOCC for issuing permissions/ licenses for broadcasting services, should be completed within 6 months period.

(vi)          The procedure for effecting changes in the logo, name, language and format should be simplified.

(vii)        The registration of LCO and its renewal should be carried out through online portal.

(viii)      The Government should contemplate creating a centre of excellence exclusively for broadcasting services.

For any clarification/ information, Sh. Sunil Kumar Singhal, Advisor (B&CS) may be contacted at Tel. No.: +91-ll-23221509, Fax: +91—11- 23220442

[Press Release No.30/2018]



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