The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on Tuesday issued orders to make set top boxes (STBs) and other equipment to be made available at reasonable prices.
The objective of the order, which precribes standard tariff package for STBs for digital cable TV and Customer-Premises equipment (CPE) for Direct to Home (DTH), is to ensure effective commercial inter-operability, Trai said. The interest of service providers has also been taken care of, Trai added.
Cable TV operators and DTH service providers can provide different STBs and CPE to consumers with varying rental and security deposit plans.
Cable service providers can provide STBs at a monthly rent of Rs 55.66 or Rs 50.66(excluding taxes) provided the security deposit is Rs 400 or Rs 800 respectively.
In case of DTH service providers, the monthly rent for the CPE can be offered at a rental of Rs 71.75 per month if the security deposit is Rs 500 and Rs 65.50 if the security deposit is Rs 1000. The security deposit will be refunded at the end of three years and the STB or CPE will become the property of the customer. Otherwise, security deposit will be adjusted against the monthly rent in three years.
Cable service providers can give STBs at Rs 46.80 or Rs 32.93 if the security deposit is Rs 400 and Rs 800 respectively.
Similarly DTH companies can provide CPE at a rent of Rs 60.66 and Rs 43.33 if the security deposit is Rs 500 or Rs 1000.