Bimal Julka, the new secretary, I&B has got into the groove of digitalisation and asked the teams at I&B and TRAI, which have been spearheading the drive along with TRAI representatives to keep the foot on the accelerator pedal and if possible rev the digitisation drive even more.
Last week, I&B sources said that MSOs have been told to start planning for phase III and phase IV of digitisation from now itself. Phase III and phase IV have been compressed into a single deadline which will end in December 2014.
I&B sources said, “We will be setting up deadlines for import of set top boxes and for rollout of the boxes. There will also be a clear game plan about which channels will be switched off to force the pace of digitisation and CAF forms in the smaller towns and rural areas. We want the transition from analogue to digital to be smoother in the next phase.”