News Heading : TRAI proposes welcome changes to ASR reporting system
Post Date : 2012-01-17
News Source : Telecomorbit.com
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Jan 17: TRAI has proposed some welcome changes in the draft `Reporting System on Accounting Separation Regulations (ASR), 2012`. These regulations were first issued in 2004, but technological advancements, digital convergence, introduction of new products and an overall shift in the business paradigm of the telecommunications industry necessitated a review of the 2004 regulations. It may be noted that ASR reports provide critical information on revenue, cost and returns on capital employed by the telecom companies. In addition to this, ASR data also helps the regulator to check anti-competitive practices, and deal with discriminatory & predatory pricing issues in the sector. Following are important the changes in the draft ASR:
8The old ASR has been updated, rationalized and standardized, with stronger audit and accountability provisions. More importantly, to reduce regulatory burden and ease submissions, a system of online submission of ASR data has been introduced.
8Also, the proposed regulations apply to service providers with a turnover of Rs. 100 crores or more; small and marginal players were relieved from the burden of reporting.
8Reporting formats have been rationalized to record relevant information only, and the number of reporting formats have also been reduced.
8Products list and classification of network elements have been revised.
8However, service providers would have to submit to TRAI relevant portion of their manuals that includes description of their accounting policies, and cost allocation and apportionment details.
8Further, standardized audit certificate have been introduced to record comments from the auditors of the telecom companies.