TRAI express concern over ‘tardy’ digitization in Chennai

13 Dec,2013

By A Correspondent


The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India convened a meeting of broadcasters, multi system operators (MSOs) and Cable Operator Associations of Chennai to review the progress of implementation of Digital Addressable Cable TV Systems (DAS) in the Chennai Metropolitan Area.


The deadline for implementation of DAS in the metro cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai was 1st November 2012. While DAS has been successfully implemented in the metro cities of Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata, the same is not the case in Chennai, a TRAI communiqué notes. It has been reported that TV channels are still being transmitted/ retransmitted in analogue mode/ unencrypted mode in the Chennai Metropolitan Area, by some of the Multi-System Operators/ Cable Operators. The Analogue transmission has to be stopped and complete addressable digitization is to be implemented. The subscriber Management System of the MOSs must have complete details of the subscribers including their choice of chennals/ serv ice opted by them. Unless this is done the full benefit of digitization cannot be extended to all the stakeholders including the subscribers.


The TRAI has directed all the stakeholders to take immediate action for effective implementation of DAS of face consequences.


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