Cable TV digitisation: Government looks at Trai suggestions

MUMBAI: The Union government is examining the recommendations of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on digitalisation of cable television, the Lok Sabha was informed on Thursday.

This year in September, Trai had given its recommendations on digitalisation of cable television for framing a national plan from 1 April 2006 to 31 March 2010, I&B minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi informed the lower house of parliament in a written reply.

In its recommendations, Trai had suggested introducing digital service in all cities with a population of more than one million by 2010, rationalisation of import and domestic duties by 2006 and use of entertainment tax for a consumer education programme during 2006-2010, informed Munshi. Trai is examining the recommendations presently, he said.

To another query, he informed the house that pubcaster Prasar Bharti has set up two high power transmitters at Barmer and Jaisalmer for terrestrial coverage. He also said the government was making provisions for expanding terrestrial coverage in border areas.


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