The event was inaugurated by the Chairman TDSAT, Justice Shiva Kirti Singh who emphasised the importance & benefits of converged networks and emerging technologies in broadcasting sector.
Dr. R.S. Sharma, Chairman TRAI delivered his keynote address, and presented an overview of the existing broadcasting sector, new trends & technologies and the challenges arising out of convergence.
Sunil Kumar Gupta, Secretary, TRAI delivered the welcome address. He spoke about the training programme and on joint initiative between ITU & TRAI in organizing such events. Shri Sameer Sharma, Regional Director of Asia Pacific Region, ITU spoke about the mandate of ITU in conducting these training programmes and he also thanked TRAI for hosting this in New Delhi, India.
17 countries participated at the event.
The regulator has collaborated with ITU in conducting many such international training programmes in the past on various telecom subjects.
Information and Broadcasting (I&B) ministry secretary Amit Khare has sought suggestions on the issue of regulation of over-the-top (OTT) platforms and digital media while speaking at the event.
Khare noted that there is a separate regulator for press, film certification and broadcast, but all these technologies are now converging on a single device. He was speaking at the inauguration of a three-day training programme on ‘Emerging Trends in Broadcasting’.
He said: “So these are the challenges — fast-paced changes in technology, the convergence of technologies, and the regulatory issues arising out of these challenges.”
He stated that the I&B ministry places a lot of importance on technological changes and would welcome all the ideas particularly regarding OTT and the growth of digital media and how it needs to be regulated. “We are also meeting the film industry and content creators in Mumbai tomorrow at another seminar to discuss about OTT.”