TRAI revises timetable for move to digital cable in India

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011
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The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has revised the schedule for cable TV operators in India to move to digital, after concerns were raised about the required speed of infrastructure roll-out, and the availability of set-top boxes.

Phase Area suggested by TRAI Ministry’s proposal Revised timelines recommended by TRAI
Phase-I Four metros of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai 31st March 2012 31st December, 2011
Phase-II Cities with population of more than one million 31st March, 2013 31st December, 2012
Phase-III All urban areas (Municipal Corp./Municipalities) 30th November, 2014 31st December, 2013
Phase-IV Rest of India 31st March, 2015 31st December, 2013

Phase IV could be extended to 30th June 2014 if necessary.

More: TRAI’s response to the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting