New Delhi: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) is all set for a complete revamp of the broadcast sector with a new regulatory framework in the year 2017. Implementation of the pending draft orders, consultation process for over-the-top video streaming sector, interoperability of set-top boxes (STB) and ease of doing business are some of the issues to be taken up by the telecom regulator in this calendar year, said Trai chairman R.S.Sharma.
“We have listed out five items for our agenda in 2017—first of which is the implementation of the draft regulatory framework, as and when it becomes operational. Secondly, we will have a holistic consultation paper on the issues related to ease of doing business in the broadcast sector,” Sharma said after a closed-door meeting with broadcast stakeholders in the capital on Tuesday. In October, Trai had proposed three different draft orders on tariff framework, interconnection agreements between broadcasters and distribution networks and quality of service provided to the subscribers. However, television broadcasters are of the view that the tariff order stands in conflict with the Copyright Act, 1957.