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TRAI recommends to DTH Operators on KYC of Set-Top boxes

India's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (Trai) has made many changes in the DTH and broadcasting industry since the introduction of the new Trai tariff system. Since the regulatory changes that took place at the beginning of the year, the Regulatory Authority has submitted numerous consultation documents to obtain the views of industry stakeholders on various possible issues and regulations that may be submitted soon. However, among these consultation documents, there was also a document on KYC for Set-Top Box. To remind you, Trai received a referral from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) in December 2018, asking Trai for recommendations on whether to know his client (KYC) for decoders and in DTH services and if desirable, the process for it. Now Trai finally arrived with these recommendations.

Trai recommendations on KYC decoders

The TRA published a consultation document on the subject, `` KYC of DTH Set Top Box '' in July 2019. It also invited the regulator to provide comments from industry stakeholders and experts before 19 August 2019 and 2 September 2019. Following an invitation to comment from these parties Interested, Trai also held an open discussion on September 26, 2019, in Delhi to seek more stakeholder views on various topics. Now, based on these comments, against comments and open discussion, Trai has made recommendations to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) on the KYC Set-Top Box issue, which are as follows.

The decoders will be verified by the document or registered mobile phone number.
If the subscriber does not provide a mobile number or company, the DTH operator must collect some forms of identification or any other similar document that can verify the subscriber's identity, either in physical form or electronics as recommended by Trai, the DTH operator must do so before installing the device.

However, Trai also recommended not to require DTH operators to check at regular intervals. Tri said doing so would incur huge costs for DTH operators. However, Trai also added that decoders that have not been associated with any registered number must love any registered number during the biennium. If the mobile number cannot be associated with a particular decoder, the DTH operator must collect the identity of the subscriber concerned in the DTH services. Finally, Trai also said that it is not necessary to enable location-based services for DTH decoders.

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