Breaking DTH/Cable TV Set Top Box Portability to be a reality finally by Dec 2019: TRAI

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The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) plans to rollout set-top-box interoperability by end this year. “TRAI is scheduled to launch the process for subscribers to shift (or port) to new distribution platform operators (DPOs). We are likely to launch the new portability regime by December this year,” RS Sharma, TRAI chairman, told ETBE.

Once launched the new process will help any subscriber to shift to a new service provider, keeping the old set-top box unchanged. The system is likely to be as swift as sending an SMS followed by the filling up of a customer application form.

According to TRAI, under the new technology for interoperability, all operator specific requirements will be embedded in a smart card and generic details in the box. When a subscriber switches to another service provider, he would just require to change the card and not the set-top box.

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I am happy to hear only smartcard change is required to change the connection. But all dth are operating from different satilite so re alignment is needed so I want trai to take steps that re alignment cost is included in smat card purchase only

There are few possible solutions for achieving interoperability in unidirectional broadcast network. This includes a smartcard based solution designed by C-DOT. Another solution, using a simul-crypt allowing downloadable-CAS has now been proposed. The authority is working with system integrators, SOC vendors, CAS providers and other stakeholders for technical discussions. After detailed consultations, a Proof-of-Concept (POC)Testing of the proposed solution will be arranged. A successful POC testing will address the vital concerns of industry stakeholders related to security, piracy and practicality.
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"Based on the experience of Mobile Number Portability, it is certain that interoperability will promote competition and will be a win-win for all stakeholders on medium to long term basis" - TRAI.
It will be certainly good for Tatasky. Many migrated to Tatasky after TRAI's new Tariff order?!
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