The Telecom Disputes Redressal and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has granted the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) more time to file its reply on a petition challenging the authority’s decision to grant multi-system operators (MSOs) the right to bill subscribers directly.
The tribunal had given the sector regulator time till 22 November to file its replies. However, when the D-Day finally arrived, the TRAI counsel requested TDSAT to grant some more time to file its replies. So now the sector regulator is given time till 23 January, 2013.
The TDSAT had on 4 October issued a notice to TRAI on a petition filed by Nasik District Cable Operators Association (NDCOA) challenging the Quality of Service (QoS) norms that gave MSOs the right to bill subscribers.
NDCOA, in its petition, had contended that the TRAI’s QoS norms were biased as it wrongfully appropriated the right of raising monthly subscription bills to the MSOs. The last mile customer, the petition contended, belonged to the LCOs.
Moreover, the LCOs were collecting money from the subscribers in analogue regime. They are the ones who serviced the customers and provided the ground operations, the petitioner had stated.
The tribunal had accepted NDCOA’s petition finding prima facie substance in its contention.