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India has 11.7 cr cable TV subscribers: I&B minister

Digitisation in phase 4 areas is at 90 per cent.

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MUMBAI: Replying to a question in the Lok Sabha, the Information and Broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar said that there are 11.7 crore cable TV subscribers in India as on 30 November 2019. The ministry has accumulated the data through seeding data available from MSOs/LCOs.

However, accurate figures haven't yet emerged since 100 per cent digitisation is yet to be achieved. Javadekar also mentioned that 100 per cent digitisation of cable TV network has been achieved in 
Phase-I (4 metro cities), Phase-II (38 cities with population of more
than 10 lacs) and Phase-III (All other urban areas municipal 
corporation/ municipalities). In Phase-IV (Rest of India), it is about 
more than 90 per cent at present.

The government had adopted an ambitious digitisation plan a few years back to ensure proper flow in the cable TV system that would allow better revenue to be channeled and reduce piracy.

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