Economy

Cable operators get one more week to submit consumer data

| Updated on: Dec 16, 2013

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has granted a week’s extension to Multi-System Operators (MSOs), who were to submit consumer application forms along with the subscriber and package details latest by December 15. The deadline was extended after a meeting the regulator held with MSOs on Monday. To hasten the digitisation process, the MSOs had also been directed to switch-off signals of households that had not submitted these forms by December 15.

Industry estimates suggest that 60-65 per cent of consumer application forms have been submitted from cities that come under phase-2 of digitisation. An estimated 16 million set-top boxes were required to be installed in cities under phase-2.

Anil Malhotra, COO of WWIL, an MSO, said: “We believe, in the next six-seven days we will get forms from 90 per cent of our subscribers. The balance 10 per cent subscribers will also submit by next week.”

MSO executives said they would start switching off signals in phases in households that had failed to submit forms. Ravi Mansukhani, MD, InCablenet, said nearly 70 per cent of the subscribers had submitted their forms and the rest were expected to come in within a week.

> meenakshi.v@thehindu.co.in

Published on December 16, 2013

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