Grant Investrade Ltd., a Hinduja Group company, is seeing a major boost to the government of India’s Make in India drive, through the transition of TV cable services from the analogue to the digital platform.
Tony D’Silva, Managing Director, Grant Investrade, said, “This is mainly expected to happen through the manufacture of set-top boxes (STBs) in India.”
STBs, which have now become an integral part of digital cable services, are currently imported from countries such as China and Taiwan. It is learnt that the Hinduja Group is working towards having these devices made in India having designed the boxes to suit Indian conditions. The prototype is now awaiting BIS approval.
DAS (digital addressable system) roll-out in phase 3 markets will see 50 million analogue households convert to digital by end-2015 and 60 million households will go digital by end 2016, after which cable operators will have to stop analogous signals.
“Our services will not only help LMOs and MSOs go digital as per government mandated standards, but also help them stay independent and retain ownership of their network,” Mr. D’ Silva said.
He said that the Hinduja Group had already invested $80 million out of a planned spend of $100 million on this project. It involved investing in technologies like Head end in the Sky (HITS), a pipeline for content delivery and setting up earth stations.
It is learnt that Hinduja Group is working towards having these devices made in India having designed the boxes to suit Indian conditions.
Source: The Hindu