The year 2018 appears to have passed very soon as nothing significant has happened for the cable and broadcast industry throughout the year. All hopes for a better future at the beginning of the year have belied and industry is in a state of gloom. TRAI’s Tariff Order and regulations are still stuck in the court, carrying forward the hopes of a regulated industry to the next year. Economic situation in the country is topsy turvy and hopes for stable economy are again being carried forward to 2019.
on 14 November 2018, India added another feat in its ambitious space program by successfully launching communications satellite GSat29.The satellite was carried by the rocket GSLV-Mk III which blasted from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota.
On 11 November 2018, the Telecom regulator TRAI issued a consultation paper on Over-The-Top (OTT) services. The regulator seeks stakeholders’ inputs on how to regulate platforms like Whatsapp and Skype. The consultation paper is titled, 'Regulatory Framework for Over The Top Communications Services'.
Broadband India Forum (BIF), held its Fourth International Annual Satcom Summit ‘India SatCom-2018’, in New Delhi on 20-21 November. The event was inaugurated by the Chief Guest, Ms. Aruna Sundararajan, Telecom Secretary and Chairman, Digital Communications Commission, Govt. of India. Senior officials from Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) also graced the occasion. The event was attended by other leading Industry experts from India and abroad and other members of Satcom and Broadband fraternity
On 25 October 2018, Pakistan’s Supreme Court constituted committee comprising 2 members from Customs and an additional director of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to probe and take necessary steps to check the menace of illegal sale of Indian Direct to Home (DTH) technology boxes in the country’s lucrative black market.
Union Minister Ananth Kumar passed away in Bengaluru in the early morning on 12 November. The 59-year-old BJP leader was suffering from cancer. Kumar was holding two portfolios of Parliamentary Affairs and Chemicals and Fertilizers in the Modi government.
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