March 2017



♦ Only 32% STBs Seeded In DAS-4 Areas. "Is not very encouraging" Yogendra Pal - Adviser (DAS, MIB)

♦ Nearly 100% Digitisation In DAS-3. areas for which the extended deadline was 31 January 2017.

♦ However, I&B additional secretary Jayashree Mukherjee: Visited a big MSO in Hyderabad who had stated that he had seeded 1.7 million STBs, whereas the Ministry's website shows only 100,000 STBs seeded! Nodal Officers & State Governments asked to verify.

♦ Only 3 Phase III cases pending & there is no stay.

♦ Broadcasters Asked to ensure no analog signals are carried in DAS-3 areas from February 2017.

♦ CEAMA: Demonetization & zero import duty from ASEAN countries has impacted sale of indigenous STBs.

♦ InCableNet, Hathway & Siti: Infrastructure sharing should be allowed to improve DAS-4 implementation. Also, MSOs should be permitted to take 80 channels from the DD FreeDish.

♦ Yogendra Pal clarified that as per Madras High Court directive, Arasu's analog signal will continue till the I&B ministry decides on its MSO application.