Despite of being a hub of IT industry, confusion over DAS boundary prevails among the multi-system operators (MSOs) in Hyderabad.
The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government’s decision to notify the former Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad (MCH) as a DAS-notified area rather than the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), has created a chaotic atmosphere in the city. By making MCH as the DAS boundary, the government left out almost 60 per cent of the city of Hyderabad.
However, the confusion over DAS boundary has resulted in analogue signals being freely transmitted even in the MCH area, which was supposed to go digital from 1st April 2013.
The MSOs have an ambition of collecting Rs 50 per set-top box (STB) per month. A senior Hathway executive said that unity among the MSOs would soon ensure that Rs 50 gets collected from the LCOs.
However, considering the ground situation, digitization looks like a distant dream, till at least Phase III is implemented. Once Phase III is completed, the issue of DAS area will disappear.
An executive from a leading MSO stated that Hyderabad is still an analogue market as customer application forms (CAF) are not being collected and billing is not happening.
This executive said that the government should strictly enforce DAS in Hyderabad.