Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services Register of Interconnection Agreements and all such other matters Regulations, 2019

Sep 05, 2019 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team


The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on September 04, 2019, releases the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services Register of Interconnection Agreements and all such other matters Regulations, 2019. These Regulations shall be applicable to all commercial and technical arrangements entered into by broadcaster, distributor of television channels and local cable operator for providing broadcasting services relating to television provided through addressable systems throughout the territory of India.

The objective of this Regulation is to promote transparency and nondiscrimination in the Broadcasting sector. As per the new Regulations, all the Reference Interconnect Offer (RIO) are required to be filed by every broadcaster and the distributor of television channels. Initially the distributor having average active subscriber base below one lakh have been exempted from the obligation of reporting details of interconnection agreements to promote ease of business and reducing regulatory burden on such MSOs with limited resources. The new regulation envisages online filing in electronic mode. The Authority has specified that the new regulations will come in force in 120 days, except as regards submission of information related to Compliance officer. The intervening period will enable the service provider to prepare for easy compliance.

These Regulations shall come into force after 120 days from the date of publication of these Regulations in the Official Gazette.

[Notification No. F. No. 6-1/2016- B&CS]


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