Digitization Deadline

As the deadline for digitization of cable services draws near, the government ruled out any extension. Cracking the whip for delays in adhering to deadlines, the I&B ministry has revoked registration of two multi-system operators.
In a ministry statement, Home Cable Network and Swami Cable Network had been asked to furnish information regarding preparations for implementation of digital addressable systems and their plans for infrastructure expansion. “Inspite of the repeated written requests by the ministry, the information has not been furnished by both. The non-submission of data by these MSOs is indicative of their lack of seriousness to pursue their business as per the terms and conditions of registration,’’ the statement said.
The deadline for implementation of the first phase including four metros for digitization is November 1.

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