The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued a cautionary to all multi system operators to provide signals of TV channels to LCOs only with written interconnection agreement.

The Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable Services) Interconnection (Digital Addressable Cable Television Systems) Regulations, 2012 require that no Multi System Operator (MSO) shall make available signals of TV channels to any linked local cable operator without entering into a written interconnection agreement and MSO shall handover a copy of the interconnection agreement signed by the MSO and LCO to the respective LCO within 15 days and obtain an acknowledgement thereof.

TRAI has also notified formats of the Model Interconnection Agreement (MIA) and Standard Interconnection Agreement (SIA) to be signed between MSOs and LCOs, so that there is a level playing field and less disputes between MSOs and LCOs. While the MIA enables MSOs and LCOs to have a mutual agreement in a structured manner in line with the regulatory framework, the SIA provides standard terms and conditions prescribed by the regulation that can be adopted by MSOs and LCOs for retransmission of TV signal, if they fail to mutually agree on MIA.