TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) has floated pre-consultation paper on ease of doing business in the broadcasting sector.
TRAI proposes to go for a pre-consultation with the stakeholders for identifying issues that are required to be addressed for ease of doing business in the broadcasting sector.
TRAI wants a formal discussion on issues related to processes and procedures for obtaining permission/license/registration for the following broadcasting services and subsequent compliances connected with these permissions.
# Uplinking of TV channels
# Downlinking of TV channels
# Teleport services
# Direct-to-home services
# Private FM services
# Headend-in-the sky services
# Local Cable Operators
# Multi System Operators
# Community Radio Stations
# Allocation of broadcasting spectrum
# Clearance from Department of Space
# WPC clearance for broadcasting services
# SACFA Clearance Process
# Clearance from Network Operations Control Center (NOCC)
# Disaster Recovery Site for DTH Operator
# Transmission of radio services over DTH platform
# Right of Way for cable operators
# Broadband through cable TV
# Open sky policy for KU band
# Rationalization of FDI policy in broadcasting sector
# Developing India as a teleport hub
# Skilled manpower in broadcasting sector
# Indigenous manufacturing of broadcasting equipments
TRAI is seeking comments from stakeholders by May 8, 2017.
The Indian Media and Entertainment sector is expected to grow at a CAGR of 14.3 percent to INR 2260 billion by 2020, while revenues from advertising is expected to grow at 15.9 percent CAGR to INR 994 billion, according to KPMG.
Television represented around 46 percent of the total M&E pie in 2016. Television segment is expected to grow at CAGR of 15.1 percent to reach INR 1098 billion by 2020.
The radio sector contributed INR 19.8 billion to M&E pie in 2015 and it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 16.9 percent to INR 43.3 billion by 2020. The combined share of TV and radio is estimated to become more than half of the total revenues for M&E sector by 2020.