Sticking to its January 31 deadline for digitisation of cable television in Bangalore and Mysore, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has said that signals to cable television consumers who do not install set-top boxes and submit consumer application forms (CAF) by the month-end will be switched off.
Adviser to TRAI, Bangalore, Sibichen K. Mathew said multisystem operators (MSO) would have to switch of signals to consumers who do not submit the CAF by January 31.
Mr. Mathew said 22,39,590 set-top boxes had so far been seeded in Bangalore and Mysore, which were among the 38 cities notified under the second phase of cable television digitisation in the country. “We expect the figure to reach 90 per cent in the next two days as a large number of subscribers had opted for digitisation in the last few days. Hopefully, we should reach 100 per cent by January 31,” he said.
There are more than 11 MSOs and over 1,000 local cable TV operators in Bangalore and Mysore. Digitisation was better in Mysore than Bangalore. The lower and mid-level MSOs had uploaded the bulk of the CAFs of their consumers, but the leading players were yet to complete the process.