The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India feels that it is time to move towards convergence of television and telecom if the media has to grow.
TRAI Advisor S K Singhal said that the regulator was already in those terms, while giving the keynote address at a day-long symposium on ‘A new journey of the Indian Broadcasting Sector towards transparency and customer focus’, at SatCab Symposium.
He noted that people were moving from television to mobiles and other means and forty percent were already hitched to other communication technologies. Consumers are also moving to DTH who offer video streaming services.
India was also far behind as far as use of wi-fi was concerned and the fibre cables were highly under-utilized by local cable operators and multi-system operators.
He suggested that local cable operators should tie up with internet service providers for a consolidated growth of the media.
Referring to the main theme of the symposium, he said the new tariff slated to come into effect from 1 February was aimed at empowering the consumer so that he could choose what he wanted to see on his TV.
The meet was addressed by stakeholders from the broadcasting, multi-system, and cable industry including renowned industry observer Lt Col. (retd.) V C Khare who felt portability was easy in the set top boxes being provided, Avinash Pandey of ABP News, Amil Lalhotra of SITI Networks, and ALCOA General Secretary Narender Bagri.
Bharat Bhushan Nagpal