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Airtel DTH TV, Tata Sky DTH , other DTH subscribers will now need KYC in India

NEW DELHI : All DTH TV subscribers of Airtel, Tata Sky, Dish TV and Sun Direct will now need to complete their KYC (Know Your Customer) criteria as mandated by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). The regulator has released a new set of rules asking all DTH operators to ensure the identity of the subscriber.

"DTH operator should install the DTH connection at the address mentioned in the Customer Application Form (CAF) only and the address of such installed set top box must be verified by the representative of the DTH operators," TRAI And said in its recommendation.
The customer application form contains information such as subscriber name, address, contact number etc.
According to the rules, the DTH TV operator will have to ensure your identity by sending a one-time password (OTP) to your registered mobile number.
In cases where you fail to provide a mobile number which can be linked to your DTH connection, the DTH TV service provider has been mandated to collect a proof of identity document.
TRAI rules further states that for existing set-top boxes, which are not attached to any mobile number of the subscribers, service providers should try to link them with a mobile number within two years. "Further in case where it is not possible to link with a mobile number, document for proof of identity of the subscriber should be collected by the DTH operator," TRAI said.
Telecom players have been demanding KYC to curb smuggling of boxes outside India where they are used for illegal and unauthorised reception or re-transmission of signals of channels. Due to such piracy, broadcasters have been facing revenue losses.

KYC Now Mandatory For DTH Connections In India 

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Thursday (October 24) discharged another arrangement of rules asking all the DTH administrators to guarantee the personality of the supporter. 
All the DTH TV supporters of Airtel, Tata Sky, Dish TV and Sun Direct among others, will currently need to finish their KYC (know your client) criteria as ordered by the TRAI. 
As indicated by TRAI explanation, the DTH administrator ought to guarantee the personality of the supporter by sending the one-time secret word (OTP) to the client's enlisted portable number. 
On the off chance that the client neglects to give a versatile number which should be connected with the DTH association, the specialist co-op can gather a proof of any personality record, for example, voter ID, Aadhar card or international ID as another option, the report included. 
TRAI referenced in the letter that the administrator ought to introduce the DTH association at a similar location referenced in the client application structure (CAF), and it ought to be confirmed by the agent of the DTH administrator. For existing clients, if the portable number isn't connected, TRAI has mentioned them to finish it inside two years. 
The choice became visible after DTH suppliers had been requesting for KYC to check sneaking of set-top boxes out of India where they are being utilized unlawfully to stream flag or channels, and along these lines, the telecasters were additionally confronting income misfortunes, as indicated by a report in the Mint. 
Since the commencement of 'KYC of DTH Set-top Boxes' on December 28, 2018, TRAI has counseled different industry partners and led open house talk with DTH organizations, lastly went to a choice, where the clients are currently mentioned to fill in the application structure containing data, for example, endorser name, address, contact number and different subtleties to finish the KYC. 
Not long ago, TRAI asked link and satellite TV suppliers to enable purchasers to get to and alter their membership plans through the TRAI application. It likewise revised the nature of administration and customer security guidelines. The controller commanded conveyance stage administrators (DPOs) to share their application program interfaces (APIs) with it. 
Thus, customers of both link and DTH organizations can get to channels or bundles and furthermore choose or erase channels of their decision and view membership subtleties on the controller's application or entryway. 
Another TRAI report this month indicated that DTH administrations had a normal dynamic supporter base of 72.44 Mn endorser base detailed in the January-March quarter. This has gone down to 54.26 Mn, a 25% fall, in the quarter that finished June 30.

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