Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Says Subscribers in Metro Cities are Saving on Bills After Trai Tariff Regime

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) introduced the new tariff regime changing the pricing norms of the industry in late 2018, and there has been a divide whether or not this has increased the monthly bills of subscribers

  • The MIB talked about new tariff regime in the monsoon session of Lok Sabha
  • Ministry also highlighted that non-metro residents were also saving 5-10% on DTH bills

According to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB), the DTH subscribers in Indian metro cities are saving up to around 10 to 15% on monthly subscription bills courtesy of the new Trai tariff regime. The ministry provided these new figures during the monsoon session of Lok Sabha, and it informed that the subscribers have benefitted from the new implementation. To recall, the new regulatory regime was first introduced in the country in 2017 and was further reinforced by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) in July last year along with implementation deadlines for the industry players.

Subscribers in Non-Metro Cities Also Benefitting from New Rules

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has also added that the subscribers in metro cities aren’t the only ones saving up on subscription amount for their DTH connections, but the customers in the non-metro cities are also enjoying the economic benefits of the new rules. As per the ministry, the subscribers in non-metro cities are saving around 5 to 10% on their monthly bills. The ministry responded to a question by M. K. Raghavan, a member of the House of the People on the effect of the new Trai tariff regime on the people, “As reported by TRAI, the analysis of preliminary data of few large DPOs reflects actual savings by subscribers to the tune of 10 to 15% in Metro cities and between 5 to 10% in Non – Metro areas after implementation of new regulatory framework.”

It was also added during the presentation that existed a few cases where the subscribers witnessed a rise in their monthly bills where they had more than one TV connection at their home.

Trai Tariff Regime Implemented to Bring Transparency in Industry

It is noteworthy that the new rules and norms were introduced back in 2017, but the real effect of these norms was seen only after a “hard” implementation by the telecom regulator in July 2018. The new notification from Trai regarding the new rules asked the DTH providers in the country to prepare and finish the migration of the customer to the new regime by December 28, 2018. The new rules were considered as a big change in the industry as they allowed the subscribers to pay only for the channels which they wanted to watch, and hence they were now allowed to customise their channel selection for viewing. Later, on noticing that not all subscribers have been able to migrate to the new regime, Trai had extended the deadline of the implementation to March 31, 2019.

In February, reports were surfacing which highlighted that subscribers might have to pay more than what they were paying previously after the implementation of the new tariff regime. However, Trai had dismissed these reports saying that they were based on “inadequate understanding” of the market. The ministry has also highlighted that Trai is taking several steps to ease consumer concerns like getting the service providers to update their website, consumer care channel on 999 and a special centre established by Trai.

Arpit spends his day closely following the telecom and tech industry. A music connoisseur and a night owl, he also takes a deep interest in the Indian technology start-up scene and spends rest of his time spilling poetry and stories on paper.

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People who have access to true unlimited high speed broadband or those with high enough fup should totally cut the DTH cord and move to streaming services and get access to ad-free premium content on demand. What’s the logic behind paying for a channel and still being forced to watch ads. Either keep the channel free and ad-supported or make it paid but ad-free, the broadcasters want to have their cake and eat it too.

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Dear Editor/Team TT, Why has my below comment not been published? Is TT an undemocratic platform?
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MIB is so humble and modest. Customers are actually getting DTH tariffs virtually for free, and they are instead claiming just 10-15% reduction. Such honest liars and lovely fraudsters.

And all the money is going into the pockets of greedy poor & middle class people, and not poor corporates. MIB and TRAI must be awarded oscars for their pro-consumer and anti-corporate efforts. Mo Ji hai toh mumkin hain.

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