TRAI extends DTH,cable TV switching deadlines by 31 March


The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has extended the deadline till 31st March for switching to the new channel pricing and subscription tariff plan.
The Authority directs all Distribution Platform Owners (DPOs) to migrate all subscribers to ‘Best Fit Plan’ who haven’t exercise their options so far. It says,” The subscribers’ old plan will continue until either he/she exercises his/her option, or migrates to the ‘Best Fit Plan’.” The cable TV operators and Direct-to-Home (DTH) service providers are free to migrate users to ‘best fit’ plan as per the latest TRAI guidelines and to ensure that the services aren’t disrupted.

As TRAI official statement, “Till 31st March 2019, all subscribers are free to switch their ‘Best Fit Plan’ and DPOs shall change their ‘Best Fit Plan’ into the desired channel pack within 72 hours from the time chosen by the subscriber.

The recent extension proves that there has been no smooth rollout for new tariff regime. Since last deadline of 1st February, TRAI has been giving clarification on many issues like the network capacity fees charged with each subscription, how connections with multiple TVs registered will be charged along with how the subscriptions charges will be calculated for the users who have already paid for long duration packs.

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