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Cable TV operators can provide IPTV

15 February, 2008:

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has agreed the recommendations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to give cable TV operators the go ahead for providing IPTV. This will enable cable operators registered under the Cable Television Network (Regulation) Act 1995 to provide IPTV services without requiring further license. IPTV is a new way of delivering- and viewing- television using an IP (Internet Protocol) network and high-speed broadband technology.

It has been reported that TRAI had mooted its recommendations calling for amendment of existing laws in a bid to make broadcasters provide signals to IPTV players too in addition to DTH and cable TV operators. It had also recommended that the Bureau of Indian Standards be asked to standardize IPTV set top box specifications so as to help cable TV operators to design their IPTV networks.

It has also been proposed that cable TV operators and all related players need to provide a self-certified declaration to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, DoT, and TRAI clearly on the license and registration under which IPTV is being proposed, the starting date, the area being covered, details of network infrastructure. This information is essential to help the government monitor IPTV services.

The TRAI recommendations include a call that foreign direct investment in players who provide IPTV services continue to remain as per the existing structure.

However, it is not yet time to celebrate as the TRAI recommendations for telecom companies and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to provide IPTV services haven't yet been given the nod by the Department of Telecom (DoT).




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