3 Major Changes Brought by Trai NTO 2.0 for Consumers

Four weeks into the Trai NTO 2.0, TelecomTalk looks at the things that changed for consumers

Highlights
  • Trai introduced new tariff order on January 1 focusing on NCF and broadcaster pricing
  • 200 Channels are offered at the base NCF price of Rs. 130 while NCF rates for Multi TV connections were slashed
  • DPOs can now offer discounts on long-term packs

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on January 1, 2020, made several changes to its 2017 initial tariff order with the new changes focusing on Network Capacity Fee (NCF) and broadcaster pricing. While certain elements of the order are being challenged in courts, the majority of the tariff order were implemented from March 1, 2020. Trai said that “the amendments will usher in better consumer offerings, more flexible tariff schemes and more choices for consumers.” As we enter into the fourth week of the new tariff order, TelecomTalk looks at the major changes that were made with the new tariff order.

NCF: More Channels in the Base Slab of Rs 130

With the new tariff order, Trai has asked the Distribution Platform Operators (DPO) to offer 200 channels for the base price of Rs 130. Further, the maximum NCF that can be charged by a DPO cannot exceed Rs 160 per month. The new tariff order also lets the DPO charge different rates for certain regions/areas.

Adjusted Rates for Multi TV Connections

For those with Multi TV connections, the new tariff order would ensure that full NCF is not changed but rather a DPO can levy a maximum of 40% NCF from the declared charges on the primary connection. DPOs are also now required to allow customers to select different channels on each of their TV connections.

Long-Term Pack Discounts and Promotional Offers

Trai has said that the DPOs can now offer discounts on long term packs which are six months or more. Crucially, it was said that the DPOs can now offer promotional schemes for a period of 90 days. However, the schemes have to be at par with those of broadcasters and can be offered no more than two times a calendar year.

New Prices from DTH Players Implemented Already

Majority of the DPOs including players like Tata Sky, D2h, Airtel Digital TV and Dish TV implemented the new rates in the first week of March. Notably, Airtel Digital TV and Tata Sky implemented the new rates for the multi TV NCF as well as the primary NCF on March 1 while others delayed the implementation of new rates.

Sadly, Cable TV operators are yet to implement the new rules by Trai and there’s no update on when they will offer the same to consumers.

Born in India, Yogesh loves to travel and has lived in multiple countries including New Zealand and Canada. His bylines can be found on various newspapers and blogs throughout the world, including Vancouver Sun, Surrey Now-Leader, Daily Hive , Investing News Network and Rach F1.

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Dr Hari Gopal Vyas

trai HAS TO CREATE AN AUTHORITY WHERE A CONSUMER CAN REGISTER HIS COMPLAINT AGAINS THE SERVICE PROVIDER.dESPITE trai DECLARING THAT NEW tARIFFS HAVE BEEN IMPLEMENTED,WE HAVE NOT RECEIVED ANY COMMUNICATION FROM dISH tv.wE ARE STILL CHARGED OLD RATES.2.wE SHOULD HAVE A CHOIND OF SELECTION OF FREE CHANNELS.iT SHOULD NOT BE PEROGATIVE OF dISH tv TO GIVE ME ANY CHANNEL IT CHOOSES TO COMPLETE THE NUMBER PRESCRIBED.

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Yash Pal

The only way to reduce the TV charges is to make all channels, except the 26 DD channels as optional ie no base pack. 99% of the people will have only 70-80 channels and pay accordingly, or make all channels pay per view.

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