The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on 29 December, 2022 issued its recommendations on “Renewal of Multi-System Operators (MSOs) Registration”. TRAI had issued consultation paper on ‘Renewal of Multi-System Operators (MSOs) Registration’ on 20th July 2022 for seeking comments of all the stakeholders. The last date of submission of comments was 10th August 2022 and counter-comments was 17th August 2022, which were extended up to 24th August 2022 and 31st August 2022 respectively, on request of some stakeholders. TRAI received comments on consultation paper from 10 stakeholders and no counter comment has been received. These comments are available on TRAI website. In this regard, an Open House Discussion was also held on 19thOctober 2022 through online mode.
After considering all comments/counter-comments received from stakeholders during consultation process and further analysis of the issues, the Authority has finalised its recommendations. The salient features of the recommendations are given below:
- The renewal of MSO registration should be done for a period of 10 years.
- The Authority recommends that at the time of renewal, the processing fee should be kept as Rs. 1 Lakh.