Broadcasting digitization reaches 93% in 4 metro cities as on October 30, 2012

Telecom Lead India: Broadcasting Digitization has reached 93 percent in metro cities as on October 30, 2012.

Manish Tewari

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, headed by Manish Tewari, is aiming for 100 percent achievement by October 31.

In Delhi the cable TV digitization has touched 92 percent and with DTH the percentage of digitization has gone upto 95 percent.

For Mumbai the percentage of digitization is 100 percent.

In Kolkata cable TV digitization has crossed 82 percent, along with DTH the percentage of digitization goes upto 85 percent.

In Chennai the Cable TV digitization has reached 62 percent and with DTH it goes upto 86 percent.

The overall percentage of achievement in 4 metro cities is 89 percent for Cable TV and with DTH, the percentage goes upto 93 percent.

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has sent teams comprising of technical experts to visit various Headends of National level Multi System Operators (MSOs) as well as independent MSOs in the four metro cities of Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.

The Technical teams will collect on site data regarding preparedness of MSOs for analogue switch over to DAS i.e., Digital Addressable System. The teams will look at details of Subscriber Management System and Call Centre facility etc. The teams would also look at the system available with the MSOs to ensure that no analogue signals are fed in the Cable networks after the 31st October 2012 deadline.

A review of the daily installation of STBs shows that the rate of installation has touched an all time high. On 29th October, 2012 about 88,000 set top boxes were installed out of which more than 61000 boxes were installed in Delhi alone.

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