TRAI Issued Consultation Paper on CAS, SMS Compliance

TRAI Issued Consultation Paper on CAS, SMS Compliance

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued a consultation paper on Framework for Technical Compliance of Conditional Access System (CAS) &  Subscriber Management Systems (SMS) for Broadcast & Cable TV.

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The regulator has said that it received complaints from various Broadcasters regarding the distribution of pirated signals, much of which occurs due to the deployment of CAS or SMS  which do not comply with security protocols.

To bring transparency among service providers and allow consumer specific choice of TV channels, the main objective should now be on CAS & SMS as TRAI says core systems to deliver the broadcasting services to consumers as per their individual choices by enabling encryption to ensure security.

Till now, present technical requirements for CAS & SMS allow for different types of systems to co-exist in the ecosystem. Some of the CAS systems deployed are using advanced embedded security, others are based on non-standard solutions, making them vulnerable to hacking and putting content security at risk.

Most CAS companies do not have their own SMS, middleware and user interface which increases the dependency of distribution platform owners on third-party software solutions.

TRAI said that it has received complaints from various broadcasters regarding the distribution of pirated signals, much of which occurs due to the deployment of CAS or SMS that do not comply with security protocols as per extant standards.

The regulatory authority sees the need for compliance with minimum technical specifications before CAS or SMS systems are installed and has brought out the consultation paper to deliberate upon the deployment of sub-standard systems, underlying ill effects and possible remedial measures.

TRAI seeking comments from stakeholders on the said consultation paper before 20th May 2020. Comments / counter-comments can be sent to Shri Anil Kumar Bhardwaj, Advisor (B & CS)  TRAI, on the email: advbcs-2@trai.gov.in or jadvisor-bcs@trai.gov.in

To View The Press Release NO : 26/2020, Dated: 22 April, 2020
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 Complete Information on Consultation Paper, Press Here

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