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MIB to take informed decision on TRAI’s infrastructure sharing proposal for TV broadcast sector: Rathore

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has said that it would take an “informed decision” on the sharing of infrastructure in television broadcasting sector as suggested by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).

On 29 March, TRAI issued the recommendations on sharing of infrastructure in television broadcasting sector.

“We are considering it… (we) will take an informed decision on it,” Minister of State for MIB Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore informed the Lok Sabha.

Though the suggestion for sharing infrastructure looks like a “valid point” on the face of it, coding and set-top boxes (STBs) used by the direct-to-home (DTH) service providers are different, Rathore stated.

I&B Minister Venkaiah Naidu said that the TRAI had on 29 March issued recommendations on infrastructure sharing in television broadcasting and distribution sector. The objectives of these recommendations were to enable a policy environment for facilitating sharing of infrastructure in the TV broadcasting and distribution sector on voluntary basis, the minister added.

Naidu also stated that the MIB had not received any proposal from DTH operators for sharing of satellite transponders and earth station facilities with other DTH players and distribution platforms.