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Consumer rights group challenges CCI ruling on direct-to-home operators

 |  July 26, 2012

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) recently cleared certain direct-to-home (DTH) operators such as Tata Sky and Reliance Big TV of charges of abuse of dominance in the set-top boxes market, but consumer rights group Consumer Online Foundation (COF) has challenged the outcome. CCI’s assessment was that the DTH operators, by not allowing interoperability with other hardware, had not abused their market position. The COF maintains that customers are restricted in their choice of DTH because switching operators requires the purchase of a whole new set of equipment as opposed to a simple exchange of a set-top box card. The CCI maintained that sufficient competition existed in the sector to assuage any fear of anticompetitive activity.

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