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FINAL VIEWS OF MINISTRY OF I B ON TIMELINE FOR IMPLEMENTATION DIGITALIZATION IN INDIA

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Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), in its recommendations on “Implementation of Digital Addressable Cable Systems in India” dated 5.8.2010, has, inter-alia, recommended that digitalization with addressability be implemented in the cable TV sector on priority and, accordingly, suggested a timeframe comprising four phases for migration to a digital addressable cable TV system with sunset date for analogue cable TV services as 31st December, 2013.
2. Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, while expressing its agreement with all other recommendations made by TRAI in this regard and also the staggered approach for implementation of full digitalization, vide its letter dated 28.01.2011, had proposed a revised timeline with sunset date as on 31st March ,2015. In response to this, TRAI, vide its letter dated 22.02.2011, has a recommended a slightly rejigged time schedule without changing its earlier position with regard to the sunset date for switching over to digital system .
3. Pursuant to this, the Ministry, after eliciting views of concerned industry associations,has arrived at the following time schedule for implementing digitalization with addressability in the cable TV systems in the country subject to approval of the Cabinet.

The deadlines in tabular form are given below:

Phase - 1

Area Suggested by TRAI - Four Metros of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai

Time frame initially recommended by Trai (5.08.10) - 31 Mar 2011

Time frame proposed by the Ministry (28.01.11) - 31 Mar 2012

Revised time frame by Trai (22.02.11) - 31 Dec 2011

Ministry’s final views - 31 Mar 2012

Phase - 2

Area Suggested by TRAI - Cities with a population more than one million

Time frame initially recommended by Trai (5.08.10) - 31 Dec 2011

Time frame proposed by the Ministry (28.01.11) - 31 Mar 2013

Revised time frame by Trai (22.02.11) - 31 Dec 2012

Ministry’s final views - - 31 March 2013

Phase - 3

Area Suggested by TRAI - All urban areas (Municipal Corp./ Municipalities)

Time frame initially recommended by Trai (5.08.10) - 31 Dec 2012

Time frame proposed by the Ministry (28.01.11) - 30 Nov 2014

Revised time frame by Trai (22.02.11) - 31 Dec 2013

Ministry’s final views - 30 Sep 2014

Phase - 4

Area Suggested by TRAI - Rest of India

Time frame initially recommended by Trai (5.08.10) - 31 Dec 2013

Time frame proposed by the Ministry (28.01.11) - 31 Mar 2015

Revised time frame by Trai (22.02.11) - 31 Dec 2013

Ministry’s final views - 31 Dec 2014