DTH operators want 8% licence fee waiver from MIB

The Department of Telecom (DoT) is mulling over a proposal for the waiver of the licence fee on Indian broadband services. The DTH operators, faced with a plethora of problems, are seeking government help in this regard.

The DTH association has written to the government seeking waiver, saying that their paid subscribers have been declining in the recent past. This despite generating thousands of direct and indirect job opportunities.

The letter said that broadband is being deployed for the distribution of content.

It may be noted that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) wants the Department of Telecom for waiving of licence fees on broadband services for five years.

The association said that since with the licence fee being waived off for broadband, “IPTV, OTT will become an even more formidable force, and DTH will remain the only distribution platform paying an 8 per cent licence fee while distributing just like cable, HITS, DD Free Dish and IPTV do, making DTH most uncompetitive in comparison to every other content distribution platform."

The central government seeks to earn an approximate revenue of Rs 1035.02 crore from the broadcasting sector in 2022-23.


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