DTH STBs Worth $750 m May be Ly­ing Un­used: Trai

The Economic Times - - Companies -

Up to 30 mil­lion Set Top Boxes (STBs) of Di­rect to Home op­er­a­tors worth nearly $750 mil­lion may be ly­ing un­used in the coun­try mainly be­cause of non-in­ter­op­er­abil­ity, broad­cast­ing sec­tor reg­u­la­tor Trai has said. In a pre-con­sul­ta­tion pa­per is­sued by it, Trai has said the fi­nan­cial im­pli­ca­tions of non­in­ter­op­er­abil­ity of STBs are huge as in ad­di­tion to DTH, nu­mer­ous Ca­ble TV STBs too are ly­ing un­used. As it aims to push for in­ter­op­er­abil­ity of STBs, the Trai pa­per said since the in­ac­tive Set Top Boxes can­not be used for re­cep­tion of ser­vices of other op­er­a­tors, the money in­vested goes waste and it also re­sults in cre­ation of e-waste.


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