9 May 2012

Digital Cable TV – Readiness in Kolkata

The Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Amendment Act, 2011 has made it mandatory for switch-over of the existing analogue Cable TV networks to Digital Addressable System (DAS) by December 2014, in a phased manner. In respect of four metros of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai, the digital switch-over is to be completed by 30th June 2012. 

Ministry is very closely monitoring all the activities for the timely implementation and the quality of the Digital Cable TV service. During the high level review meetings by the Ministry, it was revealed that in the case of Kolkata, out of total requirement of about 35 lakhs STBs, over 5 lakhs STBs have already been installed, about 4 lakhs STBs are available in the stock which are being installed and the orders have already been issued for the balance requirements of STBs. Further it came to the notice that all the MSOs already have digital headends and the existing channel capacity in each of the case is over 200, which is the mandatory requirement as per the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable Services) Interconnection Regulation, 2012. The channel capacity is being augmented by the MSOs.

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