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Guwahati gets 60 days extension in DAS Phase III

MUMBAI: The tussle between the judiciary and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) for the Digital Addressable System (DAS) Phase III deadline continues even as the official deadline of 31 December, 2015 has passed by.

After Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, Maharashtra and Odhisa, now Kamrup District under which comes Guwahati has received an extension of 60 days to implement DAS.

The office of District Magistrate, Kamrup Metropolitan District: Guwahati after perusing the letter submitted by Greater Guwahati Cable TV Operators Association general secretary Shwarupananda Bharali, in the interest of general public and the cable TV viewers, has extended the transmission of the analogue signals for a period of 60 days.   

A cable operator on condition of anonymity informs that Kamrup has over three lakh Phase III subscribers and the seeding process is very slow. He further adds, "The set top box (STB) manufacturers are not taking orders now. They are asking us to wait for at least three to four days more. After they receive the order, they will take at least 20 more days to deliver. Hence we welcome the honourable DC's decision and hope that brings some respite."   

The analogue signals are restored now in the vicinity but were totally blacked out on 1 - 2 January, 2016. "There were many cases of public outrage, physical harassment but thankfully no report of loss of life or property were received," added another cable operator.

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