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Reduce wholesale tariff for DTH players: Assn to Trai
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The DTH association of India today asked telecom regulator Trai to bring down the wholesale tariff for direct-to-home operators to 10-20 per cent of non-CAS cable tariff from the existing 35 per cent.

Welcoming the new tariff order announced by Trai, the Association noted that the telecom regulator has pointed out that the effective wholesale tariff for a DTH operator was 2.47 times that of non-CAS cable tariff.

"In order to create a level-playing field, we strongly recommend that the ceiling of 35 per cent be brought down to a realistic level of 10-20 per cent of the non-CAS cable tariff," a statement from DTH association said here.

The association also demanded the intervention of Trai in regulating the HD channel distribution as the absence of regulations governing the wholesale tariff for HD channels could make negotiations between the DTH operators and broadcasters "very difficult".

They also opposed the proposed nine per cent increase in the wholesale tariff for cable platform.

"The DTH platforms have to compete with the cable platform in the market and the DTH wholesale tariff is linked to the non-CAS cable tariff, so the proposed increase would directly impact the DTH industry," they said.

Full Story: Indian DTH Blog

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