The digitisation of cable TV services in four metros Delhi,Chennai,Mumbai and Kolkata has been delayed. After ruling out extending the June 30 deadline for switchover of analogue cable TV networks to Digital Addressable System,the I&B Ministry on Wednesday extended the deadline by four months. The ministry admitted that installation of set-top boxes has not picked up necessary pace for the transition.
The ministry has been reluctant to extend the deadline despite information pouring in from some of the metros that adequate set-top boxes had not been placed for the smooth transition. With the realisation that the switchover will not be possible by June 30,the ministry decided to modify the deadline to October 31.
In an attempt to justify its decision,the ministry in a statement said the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India issued its Regulations on Tariff & Interconnection only on April 30 instead of January. Besides,the Quality of Service Regulations and the Consumer Complaint Redressal Regulations were issued on May 14.
Both these orders of TRAI have not yet been substantially implemented. As a result of this,the installation of set-top boxes has not picked up necessary pace for the completion of the process of digitisation, it said.