Set Top Box

TRAI sets its new agenda for 2017, concentrating on the Set Top Box consumers of India.

After the meeting of the Board of Directors of Broadcasting regulator TRAI, the regulator hoped that it would be convenient to implement Set Top Box interoperability as 2017 agenda to preserve the interests of consumers who seek to change their service provider.

Chairman of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), Mr. R S Sharma recently held a meeting with leading broadcasters of today to discuss the generating issue of interoperability of Set Top Boxes (STBs) in India.

After the completion of the meeting, Mr. R S Sharma said in an interview, “Centre for Development of Telemetric (C-DOT) has done quite impressive work on the issue of technical interoperability. I think we are nearing a solution to having an interoperable STB. That is one of the items on the agenda this year.”

Interoperability of Set Top Box means that STBs which are provided for the household purposes by a DTH or cable operator would still continue to function, even if the consumer moves to another service provider.

The TRAI chairman Mr. R S Sharma also said “It is decided that the “friction points” in the broadcasting industry will be discussed and consultations in this direction will be held after which TRAI may come up with some effective recommendations.”

Mr. R S Sharma has put forward another issue which came up later during the discussion. The issue revolved around inadequate knowledge prevailing in the broadcast centre.  Hence, there should be more studies and data related to the broadcasting sector for better understanding. The proposal for the development of a portal for recording details of service providers was also discussed during the meeting.

It is known that some broadcast providers have put forward the issue of infrastructure sector during the meeting. Chairman of TRAI is looking deep into the subject matter.