Nearly 60 participants representing leading broadcasters, direct to home (DTH) operators, multi system operators (MSOs), system on chip (SoC) vendors, CAS suppliers, STB manufacturers, and system integrators too part.
As per TRAI, TRAI said it will further deliberate with the stakeholders to identify the gaps if any in the proposed solution before taking up the Proof-of-Concept testing. The authority expects that involvement and support of all the industry stakeholders will help in developing the acceptable solution for STB interoperability by the year-end.
TRAI has also invited suggestions/ technical inputs for enabling STB interoperability.
TRAI chairman Dr. R.S. Sharma Chairman said that the regulator highlighted that Consumer interest remains the focus of the authority. “The interoperability brings the economies of scale, freedom of choice, promotes competition that results in the overall growth of the sector. STB interoperability is very important to empower the consumer and engender further growth in the broadcasting sectors. Based on the experience of Mobile Number Portability, it is certain that interoperability will promote competition and will be a win-win for all stakeholders on medium to long term basis.”