India's NXT Digital set for HITS launch


Rebecca Hawkes

| 09 September 2015

India's Grant Investrade Limited (GIL) is all set to launch its headend in the sky (HITS), NXT Digital, after it was awarded a wireless operating license – the final regulatory hurdle the service faced.

The wireless operating license (WOL) was granted to the Hinduja Ventures subsidiary by the Ministry of Information & Communications Technology's Wireless Planning & Coordination division.

"We are delighted to confirm receipt of the WOL for us to commence operationalisation of the HITS service in India. The launch of NXT Digital is in line with the Government's objective of making India 'digital' and we're proud to be a part of this national initiative," said AK Das, chairman, GIL.

"NXT Digital has received an overwhelming response from the distribution fraternity in Phase III & IV markets in India. Our broadcast centre and our backend systems are fully operational; our broadcaster relationships have been formalised, we've already rolled out our COPE mini-headend systems and STBs and we're ready to go 'live' shortly," added Tony D'Silva, managing director, GIL.

The satellite multiplex service will provide TV channels to cable TV operations, and is viewed as a potential boost to the cable TV digitisation process in India.