TRAI Facilitates Easy Migration from One Service Provider to

By: Gizbot Bureau

TRAI today prescribed a framework of norms which will make it easier for consumers to migrate from one Direct-To-Home (DTH) service provider to another, while also encouraging transparency in charges levied by operators.

TRAI Facilitates Easy Migration from One Service Provider to

Under a 'Tariff Order' (TO) issued today, TRAI prescribed for interoperability of Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) or Set Top Box (STB) offered by DTH operators to their subscribers. Currently if a customer wishes to migrate from one DTH operator to another, he is required to invest in the CPE of the other operator, TRAI said in a statement here.

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Under the new framework of 'commercial interoperability' of CPEs, an exit option will be provided to the subscribers in case they wish to avail services from another DTH operator for any reason.

TRAI Facilitates Easy Migration from One Service Provider to

TRAI, which is the regulator for the broadcasting sector, also observed that there is a "lack of transparency" in various schemes offered by the DTH operators. Listing the salient features of the new order, TRAI said that it mandates transparent declaration of installation and activation charges by DTH operators which shall not exceed Rs 450.

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DTH operators also have to mandatorily offer an outright purchase scheme called 'Standard Scheme' for all types of CPEs on standalone basis, it added. DTH operators may offer additional schemes including bundled schemes and rental schemes, TRAI said.

TRAI Facilitates Easy Migration from One Service Provider to

In rental schemes, the operators can charge a specified one-time interest free refundable security deposit, installation and activation charges from the subscriber during enrolment followed by specified monthly rental charges, TRAI said.

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TRAI makes it easier for customers to migrate from one service provider to another New Delhi, Apr 1 (PTI) TRAI today prescribed a framework of norms which will make it easier for consumers to migrate from one Direct-To-Home (DTH) service provider to another, while also encouraging transparency in charges levied by operators.

Under a 'Tariff Order' (TO) issued today, TRAI prescribed for interoperability of Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) or Set Top Box (STB) offered by DTH operators to their subscribers.

TRAI Facilitates Easy Migration from One Service Provider to

Currently if a customer wishes to migrate from one DTH operator to another, he is required to invest in the CPE of the other operator, TRAI said in a statement here.

Under the new framework of 'commercial interoperability' of CPEs, an exit option will be provided to the subscribers in case they wish to avail services from another DTH operator for any reason.

TRAI, which is the regulator for the broadcasting sector, also observed that there is a "lack of transparency" in various schemes offered by the DTH operators.

Listing the salient features of the new order, TRAI said that it mandates transparent declaration of installation and activation charges by DTH operators which shall not exceed Rs 450.

TRAI Facilitates Easy Migration from One Service Provider to

DTH operators also have to mandatorily offer an outright purchase scheme called 'Standard Scheme' for all types of CPEs on standalone basis, it added. DTH operators may offer additional schemes including bundled schemes and rental schemes, TRAI said.

In rental schemes, the operators can charge a specified one-time interest free refundable security deposit, installation and activation charges from the subscriber during enrolment followed by specified monthly rental charges, TRAI said.

No repair or maintenance charges are permissible from such subscribers, it added. (More) PTI ADS No repair or maintenance charges are permissible from such subscribers, it added.

TRAI also said that DTH operators shall cater for free TRAI also said that DTH operators shall cater for free maintenance and repairs of CPEs for three years after installation or activation. The TRAI order also said that in case of outright purchase and hire purchase schemes, DTH operators may levy visitation charges not exceeding Rs 250 per visit after the warranty period has elapsed.

Subscribers shall have an option of buy-back or refund for CPEs in all the offered schemes including bundled schemes with an exception of rental schemes, TRAI said. In rental scheme, the subscriber will get back the security deposit, it added. DTH operators may prescribe a lock-in period not exceeding six months for a subscriber to remain committed. Subscribers can surrender the CPE any time subject to levy of certain charges that have been prescribed.

DTH operators will also have to set up collection centers at every district headquarters to enable easy return of CPEs while subscribers shall be provided with a toll-free number for registration of request for surrender of connection. Subscribers shall have an option of returning the CPE by paying a nominal collection charge of Rs 300 to the DTH operator or to return the CPE at the designated collection center, TRAI said.

No other charges by any other name other than those specified in the order can be levied on the subscribers by DTH operators, it added. DTH operators will have to declare all current schemes on their websites while also publishing all charges for each scheme, TRAI said in its statement, while adding that the operators have been given a time of 60 days for compliance with the order.

"This will give a fillip to fair competition amongst DTH operators, discourage monopolistic practices and empower the subscriber with greater choice. This will further enable orderly growth of the sector," TRAI said.

Source: PTI

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