TRAI claims 100% of phase II cable TV digitisation

Rebecca Hawkes | 03-01-2014

The second phase of India's nationwide cable television digitisation programme is now 100% complete, according to the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).

Around 12 million set-top boxes have been seeded across 38 cities across 15 states in India in Phase II of the Indian Government's mandatory digitisation of the country's vast cable TV network.

N Parameswaran, TRAI's principal advisor for broadcasting service, also told reporters that the regulator had received "about 80% consumer application forms," and is now ensuring that cable operators now implement the rules, according to DNA.

The initial deadline for digitisation of the 38 cities in Phase II of the project was 31 March 2013.
Phase III of cable TV digitisation is scheduled for September 2014, while Phase IV is set to be completed by the end of the year. The first phase of the digitisation process saw the digitisation of the cable networks in Delhi and Mumbai at the end of October 2012, with the majority of Kolkata and Chennai following in the first quarter of 2013.