November 2014

NO LMO IN NEW DAS TASK FORCE



A new Task Force has been constituted for DAS Phases 3 & 4. Despite protests by the community, no Last Mile Owner has been included in the new Task force. This is surprising, because, particularly in DAS Phase 3 & 4 areas, LMOs will form the crucial ground force for deployment of DAS. In fact most MSOs are not interested in implementing DAS in semi urban and rural areas. In such areas, DAS will have to be implemented via HITS, DTH the banding of LMOs to establish new digital Headends.

The task force is to act as an interface between the government and the industry in matters related to implementation of DAS in the cable TV sector and monitor the execution of DAS. It also will have to analyse the roadblocks that may come in the way of digitisation and suggest measures.

ASSOCHAM Media and Entertainment Committee co-chairman Sujatha Dev informed the industry body that she is unaware of how a representative of ASSOCHAM was nominated to the task force.



PROMINENT EXCLUSIONS

In its order dated 12 September 2014 constituting the task force, it was committed that the Task Force would include 5 Independent MSOs 1 each from North, South, East, West and North East region; 5 registered LCO associations 1 each from North, South, East, West and North East regions; a representative of the Association of Regional Television Broadcasters of India/ Regional News Broadcasters Association; 5 prominent consumers organisations, one each from North, South, East, West and North East regions & a representative of Telecom Equipment Manufacturers Association of India (TEMA). None of these have been included in the Task Force.

Further, there was no representation / invitation sent to Conditional Access System Vendors (an integral part of the entire DAS) and Subscriber Management System (SMS) that controls the entire DAS ecosystem after integration with the CAS.

Almost a month after its constitution, the new DAS Phase III & IV Task Force, which included the I&B minister, met on 8 October in New Delhi.


TRAI ABSENT

The TRAI also did not attend the meeting. n