July 2017



Despite claims of major achievements in all parts of the country in digital addressable system, a meet held in Chandigarh in June presented a dismal picture with many local cable operators complaining that the switching off of analogue had badly affected their business.

At the seminar organised by the TDSAT, even Tribunal Chairman Justice Shiva Kirti Singh said the operators should approach the government for solutions.

TRAI's Principal Advisor S K Gupta said there was a plan to issue a unique number to each LCO and keep a track of his Interconnection Agreements to ensure every gets a fair deal.

An LCO from the Chamba in Himachal Pradesh said that he had lost all his business because broadcasters had switched off analogue signals and there was no MSO in his territory.

Another LCO from Punjab said his investments of ₹ 70 Lakhs in a JAIN HITS headend & STBs has been wasted since JainHITS has shut its operations. He pointed out that the government has made no policy to compensate cable operators in such conditions. Earlier, Zee HITS had also shut down. Now only NeXT Digital was operational but he said LCOs were losing faith in HITS, with the government not having enabled HITS platforms to receive signals from pay TV service providers.

Another LCO complained that even the regulator was ineffective as all the TRAI's regulations & tariffs are challenged in courts & stalled. Even the government had ignored most the TRAI's important recommendations. n