The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has impelled the Government to bring a detailed policy framework for Digital Radio Broadcasting.
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The regulator said, it has already given its recommendations and is willing to offer further policy inputs on the issue if required.
The policy on Digital Radio Broadcasting should also be supplemented by a comprehensive road map for the roll-out of these services in a time-bound manner, TRAI Chairman R S Sharma said while addressing a joint workshop on ‘Digital Radio Vision for India’ organised by Xperi Corporation and India Cellular and Electronics Association (ICEA).
The chairman also added that the TRAI will release recommendation on reserve price for auction of FM Radio channels for tier-II and III towns, on which the government had sought the regulator’s recommendations.
He said, we are ready with the recommendations and we will release them in a week’s time where we will provide all those left-out frequencies, slots in the existing tier 1/2 towns and there are other towns tier-III largely and tier-II also, where we had not been able to auction earlier. For those towns also, we will give the recommendations relating to reserve prices.
Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi Vempati said, a test stream of digital HD radio on a pilot basis is already available. Digital Radio is needed to address different audience segments. As audience is increasingly consuming media & information on smartphones, so it is important that broadcast signal in some mandatory form reaches every smartphone.