TRAI Invites Suggestions for Consultation Paper on Empanelment of Auditors for Digital Addressable Systems

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released consultation paper on the empanelment of auditors for digital addressable systems for broadcasting and cable sector. ...

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TRAI Invites Suggestions for Consultation Paper on Empanelment of Auditors for Digital Addressable Systems

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released consultation paper on the empanelment of auditors for digital addressable systems for broadcasting and cable sector.
TRAI brought a regulatory framework for digital addressable systems and notified the interconnection regulations namely the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services Interconnection (Addressable Systems) Regulations, 2017 dated 3rd March 2017. These regulations have provisions relating to technical audit and subscription audit wherein it has been provided that the Authority may empanel auditors for this purpose. Presently, these regulations are sub-judice in the Hon’ble High Court of Madras and Hon’ble High Court of Delhi. However, this consultation paper is a preparatory work before calling proposals for empanelment of auditors, and has no bearing on the said regulations or ongoing litigations. This consultation process will enable TRAI to prepare a comprehensive document to seek proposals from auditors in line with the industry requirement and formulate guidelines to auditors.

All the distributors such as Multi-System Operator, Direct to Home operator, Headend In The Sky operator or IPTV operator are required to install digital headends including Subscriber Management System and Conditional Access System for distributing signals of TV channels through digital addressable systems. To have a level playing field amongst all the distributors, the Authority has prescribed minimum technical specifications for addressable systems. These technical specifications primarily ensure the addressability & transparency and help in preventing piracy.

Technical audit of a digital addressable system of a distributor is important before provisioning of signals of TV channels by the broadcasters. This audit is commissioned by broadcaster to satisfy itself that the distributor, to whom it is likely to provide television signal, meets the addressable system requirements specified in the regulations. Similarly, in order to reduce the disputes related to invoices between broadcasters & distributors, subscription audit is important. This audit focuses on ascertaining the subscriber numbers being reported by distributor to broadcaster.

The consultation paper seeks views of stakeholders on various audit-empanelment related issues such as scope of audit, eligibility criteria and experience, length of empanelment, audit fee and payment terms, time period for completion of audit work, de-empanelment, reporting requirements of auditors.

The consultation paper can be viewed here.

Written comments on the issues raised in the consultation are invited from the stakeholders by 22nd January, 2018.

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JAGDISH PATHAK's picture

JAGDISH PATHAK 5 days 14 hours ago

It is very good concept of Audit of Digital Addrssable system, it will find our the irregularities in the system as well as it will also helpful for precutionary action to maintain proper system of Telecom companies services. It is also advisable that Penal of audit allotment should be keep in hamd with TRAI, No power should be given to telecom company in respect to Audit, so that, transperency and efficiecy can be maintained. It is welcome decision to make Panel of Audit, best wishes

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Gaurav Srivastava 1 week 5 days ago

प्रधानमंत्री श्री नरेन्द्र मोदी जी तक यह संदेस पहुंचने पर देश हित ओर विकास कार्यों में सफलता मिलेगी ।

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Abhishek Bajpai 2 weeks 3 days ago

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For all this process to be done it should be clarified by the government to all operators that they will not harass the customers for any government guidelines and neither increase any rates. CAS is a wonderful step.

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SHIVAM KUMAR DIWAKAR 3 weeks 1 day ago

सर जीओ के प्लान की veledity ko permanent 1 month se adhik nahi honi chahiye jis se student ki study pr koe problem nahi ho ; or aapse nivedan karta hu ki aap jio k plan pr vichar vimarsh kare or ho sake to jio k plan ki valedity 1 month se adhik na ho

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Tanmoy Kumar Bharati Bharati 3 weeks 3 days ago

Start firing continously in LOC. When pakistan will ask india for ceasefire,then India should ask for flag meeting with senior Pakistani army office. During flag meeting Abduct that senior pakistani army officer with the help of Indian special force. Do you really have any intention to do that of Kulbhuson is a matter of politics only.