Cableco Triolan threatened with losing broadcast licence over ‘infringements’

25 Oct 2016

Ukraine’s National Council for TV & Radio Broadcasting is aiming to gain court approval to cancel the TV broadcasting licence of triple-play fixed broadband operator Triolan, the regulator said in a statement reported by BizLiga. The reason given was ‘systematic violations of the law’ including providing services to subscribers ‘without contracts’, whilst previous fines for infringements have apparently not been paid. A Triolan spokesperson was, however, quoted as claiming that the Council was demanding contract documentation in paper format where such documents had only been issued to subscribers in electronic form in some cases, whilst the company representative also gave the argument that broadcasting/retransmission licensing requirements were ambiguous in Triolan’s case. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that Triolan is Ukraine’s fourth largest fixed broadband operator by subscribers, whilst it offers TV services via cable (HFC) networks in ten cities, alongside over-the-top (OTT) and IPTV set-top box options.