petition by a clutch of cable operators will come up for hearing
in Mumbai on Tuesday and in Delhi on Wednesday. Later on 25
June, the Tdsat will hear the petition filed by Hinduja-owned
MSO IndusInd Media & Communications Ltd (IMCL) challenging
the Trai order for digital addressable systems.
central government is crippled in a way by political compulsions,
with its allies in Tamil Nadu and West Bengal wanting an extension.
The state-owned Arasu Cable, floated under the Jayalalithaa
government, is not ready for digitisation and has called for
tenders to kick-start the process. The digital set-top boxes
(STBs) will have to come, the infrastructure has to be built
and the logistics ready for digitisation. All this takes time
and a six-month extension is the only practical solution.
move to the Mamata Banerjee-ruled state of West Bengal. The
situation in Kolkata is better than Chennai but it is not
too healthy either. There is a shortfall in supply of STBs
and the MSOs are not ready to take up the digital challenge.
Not yet. Kolkata has a sprinkling of regional multi-system
operators (MSOs) in the city and they are still arranging
for finances and STBs. The state government, in any case,
wants digitisation to knock at the door of the consumers only
after Dussehra, Bengal's most popular festival.