5.12 lacs Set Top Boxes In Vogue under CAS

Lok Sabha Conditional Access System (CAS) has been reviewed in consultation with TRAI. As on 31 July, 2007, 5.12 lacs Set Top Boxes (STBs) have been reported to be deployed by Multi System Operators (MSOs)/cable operators. A meeting with the concerned State Government officials and nodal officers has been held in the ministry in June 2007. The State Governments have been requested to come up with their formal views on the extension of CAS and to get a survey conducted by a professional agency to understand the issues and problems, if any faced by the viewers. TRAI has issued a regulation on Quality of Service to be provided by the service providers in the CAS notified areas. To assess the implementation of Quality of Service norms, TRAI has engaged Broadcast Consultant India Limited (BECIL), to carry out an audit of Quality of Service (QoS) performance in CAS notified areas. No committee has been constituted by Government on implementation of CAS.

Extension of CAS requires evaluation of first phase & large scale consultations with stakeholders, consumer organisations & States. Hence, no time limit can be given.

TRAI has intimated that 47 complaints have been received by TRAI regarding poor quality and non-availability of channels selected by the subscribers. Out of these, 40 complaints have been resolved, and for the rest, the matter is being pursued with the service providers.

This information was given by Minister of Information & Broadcasting and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri P. R. Dasmunsi in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

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