Cable TV sector is poised for some sweeping transformation under regulatory intervention

Mr Binani, Aroop Biswas, Fihad Hakim, & Pawan Jajodia at CATV2017

CABLE TV SHOW 2017 KOLKATA, one of the largest shows on satellite and cable television & broadband in India, was flagged off  at the Netaji Indoor Stadium. Chief Guest, Janab Firhad Hakim, Minister-in-Charge of Municipal Affairs, inaugurated the event in the presence of Guest-of-Honour, Sri Aroop Biswas, Minister-in-Charge, Housing & Youth Affairs, Government of West Bengal. The three-day event from January 4 to 6 (11am to 7pm), is a much-awaited annual affair organized by Kolkata-based Cable TV Equipments Traders & Manufacturers Association (CTMA).


West Bengal government is planning to construct an underground network of Cable TV lines in an effort to keep the city clean and remove the ugly eye sore of exposed cable TV wires, a state minister said today. “In Rajarhat we have done it and will soon include Bidhannagar. In Kolkata we will start a pilot project for underground laying of cable TV lines,” said Minister Firhad Hakim, Minister-in-Charge for Municipal and Urban Affairs at the inauguration of Cable TV Show 2017.

“Digitization of delivery of Cable TV service through set top box is now in its final and crucial lap as the whole of India would be covered in Phase IV by 31st March 2017. CTMA would call upon the Government to remove the entry barrier of Rs 1 lac license fee for small entrepreneurs and multi-system operators. There is a flat rate of Rs 1 lakh for local or pan-India cable operations. This is in favour of big cable operators. We want smaller fees for those who want licence for smaller places on the lines of categorisation of Internet service,” said Mr K K Binani, Secretary, CTMA.

CABLE TV SHOW 2017 is the 20th Annual Show organized by CTMA. There are 20 pavilions and 70 stalls put up this year for showcasing a wide range of state-of-the-art products and services related to the cable industry. With the steady digitization of cable television sector and the Digital India campaign, the scope and importance of Cable Television (CATV) has increased manifold. This yearthe CABLE TV SHOW is sponsored by Darkhorse, Euro Digital is the co-sponsor,” said Mr Pawan Jajodia, Treasurer & Chairman Exhibition, CTMA. Aishwarya Technologies, Globetek Infoway, Inno Instrument, RailTel, Meghbala, Cloudsky Broadband are associate sponsors the Cable TV Show 2017.


More than 10,000 cable operators, traders, manufacturers, channel partners, distributors, broadcasters and Multi-System Operators (MSOs) from across India and overseas vendors are participating in the Cable TV Show 2017.  The Cable TV sector is poised for a major leap forward with digitalization that will empower the viewers and enhance transparency and accountability and thus eliminate lots of anomalies that have been plaguing the sector.


“Cable TV sector is poised for some sweeping transformation under regulatory intervention. The draft tariff order under consultation by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) will bring the addressable services from all delivery platforms like MSO, HITS, DTH and IPTV under common regulation. The viewer may pay for only the channels that he wishes to view / subscribe. Pay channel broadcasters will have to announce a genre and MRP for each of the channels on offer. They must provide channels on terms universal to all delivery platforms. This would make the entry of new entrants feasible. Carriage fee is also proposed to be regulated,” Mr Binani said.