The situation regarding digitization may be grim on the ground, with not even a single subscriber getting his choice of channels and itemized bill; yet, the officials of TRAI have already sounded the trumpet of successful completion by the deadline of 31st December 2016 in advance.
Recently, in a consumer reach programme of TRAI, held in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, its officials declared that, ‘Digitalisation of Cable TV network in India is going to be completed by the year end of 2016, as the process of digitisation is in full swing’.
First two phases of the four phase programme was over, where four metro cities – Chennai, New Delhi, Mumbai and Calcutta and 38 cities that have a population of more than 10 lakh were covered. In phase III and IV, towns, municipal corporations and municipalities will be covered by December 2016.
Addressing a gathering of telecom consumers about their rights and privileges at the programme, Dr Sibichen K Mathew, Adviser and Regional Head Bengaluru and Hyderabad (in-charge), TRAI, said, the digitisation would provide a wide range of value added services for the consumers including broadband connectivity. He also explained them about the role and functions of Regional Office of TRAI and initiatives taken for consumer protection. In the gathering, Senior Research Officer of TRAI, V Sudhakar Reddy described about the complaint redressal mechanism, mobile number portability and steps taken by TRAI on unsolicited communication and value added services.