Arasu Cable TV Corporation, based on Tamil Nadu, has been directed by Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) to file its reply by 13 April in the parity issue case filed by Thamizhaga Cable TV Communication Ltd (TCCL), a Chennai-based independent Multi-System Operator (MSO). The matter has been put up on 15 April.
Earlier, TCCL had moved to TDSAT on 10 Nov 2014 demanding parity from Star India, a broadcaster, in line with Arasu. The MSO told that it was paying amount to Star India, based on Reference Interconnect Offer (RIO) rate while state-run MSO Arasu Cable TV Corporation was virtually getting free signals in an analogue as well as digital signals.
Arasu does not have digital addressable system (DAS) licence to operate in Chennai metropolitan area. It has rights to provide analogue signals in Chennai under an interim order passed by Madras High Court. In an order passed on 13 February, the tribunal directed the impleadment of Arasu Cable TV Corporation represented by its general manager as respondent No 2.