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TRAI Tariff Orders – Standard Tariff Packages for Digital Cable TV subscribers and DTH subscribers

TRAI has issued Tariff Orders prescribing standard tariff package for Set Top Boxes (STBs) for Digital Addressable Cable TV Systems (DAS) and Consumer Premises Equipments (CPEs) for Direct to Home (DTH) services.

The prime objective of these tariff orders is to ensure effective commercial interoperability. The said tariff orders have been devised to make available STBs / CPEs at reasonable price and, lucid and easy to understand, terms and conditions as well as to take care of the interests of the service providers. This would also promote healthy competition amongst the operators which would ultimately benefit all the stakeholders of the sector, including the consumers.

The above tariff orders prescribe the following standard tariff packages for supply of STB/ CPE to the subscribers:-

Service

Security Deposit (Rs.)

Monthly Rent (Rs.)
(Excluding taxes)

Refund of security deposit

DAS

400

55.66

Security deposit would be refunded after 3 years or on surrender of STB/CPE within three years.

800

50.66

DTH

500

71.75

1000

65.50

DAS

400

46.80

The security deposit gets adjusted over 3 years. If STB/ CPE is surrendered within 3 years, the unadjusted portions of the security deposit would be refunded. Details available in Tariff Order.

800

32.93

DTH

500

60.66

1000

43.33

Salient features of these tariff orders are:-

  • The tariff includes installation and activation charges as well as the charges for maintenance and repairs for a period of 3 years.
  • No monthly rental to be paid after 3 years. The STB/ CPE becomes property of the subscriber after 3 years.
  • These packages are to be mandatorily offered to the subscribers and, in addition, service providers can also offer alternative schemes/ packages for supply of STBs/ CPEs.

Details of Tariff Orders are available:

The Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services (Fifth) (Digital Addressable Cable TV Systems) Tariff Order, 2013 

The Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services (Sixth) (The Direct To Home Services) Tariff Order, 2013

Tags: Customer-premises equipmentDirect-broadcast satelliteService ProviderSet Top BoxesSet-top boxSubscription business modelTariffTelecom Regulatory Authority of India

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