India stalls on cable digitisation programme
Rebecca Hawkes
| 18 September 2014
The Indian Government has officially postponed the third and fourth phases of its nationwide cable TV digitisation project by a year to December 2015 and December 2016 respectively.

Notification has been issued to ensure stakeholders are able to overcome obstacles to the full digitisation of the country's vast analogue network, such as the sparse availability of set-top boxes (STBs). The government says the delay is in the public interest.

Nearly 110 million STBs are needed to bring digital services to cable TV households in the remaining two phases. Originally the programme was scheduled to finish this year.

The extended deadline will ensure that India's domestic STB manufacturers prepare themselves to meet this demand.