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TRAI to meet stakeholders to discuss DAS issues on 18 December

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NEW DELHI: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has called a meeting of stakeholders – primarily broadcasters and multi system operators (MSOs) – on 18 December to sort out any problems relating to agreements in order to ensure a smooth transition to Phase III of Digital Addressable System (DAS) by 31 December, 2015.
 
This information was given to the 12th DAS Task Force meeting presided over by its chairman and Information and Broadcasting Ministry special secretary J S Mathur this week. Joint Secretary (Broadcasting) R Jaya was also present.
 
Broadcasters and MSOs were told categorically that there would be no extension of the deadline for Phase III and analogue signals should be switched off from 1 January, 2016 in all urban areas of the country. The final phase covering the rest of India will be completed by 31 December, 2016.
 
TRAI had earlier asked all stakeholders to apprise it of any problems arising out of finalising agreements amongst various stakeholders.
 
While Jaya referred to public awareness campaigns carried out by the Ministry, the broadcasters presented a report about the publicity campaigns that they have been carrying on both television and radio.
 
TRAI also informed the Ministry about the meetings held with stakeholders since the last Task Force meeting on 22 September.

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