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TRAI consultation paper on digital terrestrial broadcasting

The paper discusses the existing terrestrial television broadcasting scenario with an objective to critically examine the on-going digitisation efforts in the light of international practices adopted for such digital migration

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Mumbai | June 27, 2016

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The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Friday, June 24, 2016 released a consultation paper on issues related to digital terrestrial broadcasting in India. It broadly has six objectives. The first one is to examine the viability of digital terrestrial television (DTT) platforms and services in the context of multiple digital TV distribution platforms.

TRAI wants to develop and suggest a road map for the transition to digital terrestrial TV transmission/ mobile TV transmission and also suggest the timelines for switching off the existing analog transmission.

Another broad objective is to formulate a methodology for digitisation of terrestrial TV networks and to assess the spectrum utilisation for existing and future digital terrestrial broadcasting services.

It also wants to examine the feasibility of participation of the private sector in the growth of a terrestrial broadcasting ecosystem.

The last objective is to put in place a regulatory framework that encourages migration to DTT/ Mobile TV channels while ensuring transparency and a level playing field that facilitates growth in the sector.

Written comments on the consultation paper are invited from stakeholders by July 22, 2016 and counter comments, if any, may be submitted by August 5, 2016.

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