Plan to make India teleport hub: Varma
New Delhi: With digitalization of the television network in four metros to be completed in two days, government on Monday said it is working towards making the country a global teleport hub which will bring foreign investment.
"A quiet revolution is unfolding in the broadcasting sector as we are just a few days away from complete digital switchover from the analogue cable television network to digital cable television networks in the four metro cities of India," Informatin and Broadcasting Secretary Uday Kumar Varma said speaking at a summit organised by the CII here.
The I & B ministry is planning to switch off the analogue signal for cable TV from November 1.
Varma said Mumbai had achieved 100 percent digitisation while Delhi and Kolkata were not far behind at 88 and 82 percent respectively.
He said Multi System Operators had said they were installing on an average 45,000 50,000 Set Top Boxes and that on last Friday 81,000 STBs had been installed.
Varma said the ministry was now working to develop the country as a teleport hub.
"We have today 89 permitted teleports in the country. TRAI in its recommendations on policy issues related to uplinking/downlinking of television channels in India has also recommended that India should be developed as a teleport hub to allow turnaround or uplinking of channels from India keeping in view the geographical location of India and cheaper manpower," he said.
"This initiative will bring in foreign investment, better technology and sustainable employment opportunities. This would place India in the league of countries like Hong Kong and Singapore," he added.