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General News Arasu to procure 7 mn STBs for DAS implementation in Tamil Nadu
MUMBAI: After receiving a provisional multi-system operator (MSO) licence from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB), the state government-owned Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation (TACTV) has floated a tender for procuring 70 lakh set-top boxes (STB).

These include 60 lakh standard-definition (SD) STBs and 10 lakh high-definition (HD) STBs. Arasu is also interested in getting price discovery for triple-play STB and Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) cable modem.

Arasu has to complete digitisation of its network within three months from the date of issue of licence, which is 17 April.

The tender document can be purchased on all working days from 6 to 28 May, between 11 am and 3 pm. The date of opening of tender has been fixed at 29 May. There will be a pre-bid meeting on 19 May at 3.30 pm at the head office of TACTV.

The successful bidder should supply SD STBs, HD STBs, triple-play STBs and DOCSIS cable modem on a contract basis for a period of one year. The scope of supply for SD and HD STBs will include conditional access system (CAS) and subscriber management system (SMS).

The STBs and its accessories should have a replacement warranty for a period of 5 years from the date of supply.

During the warranty period, the bidder should also provide maintenance support for all items covered under the contract free of cost. The supplier should have arrangements in every taluk for extending service support. The items are to be delivered at any location in Tamil Nadu as may be specified by TACTV.

The proposed TV services, which will have 300 channels to start and to be expanded to 500 channels, will be in MPEG 4 SD and 30 television services in HD and 20 FM audio services with provision to add more SD and HD channels in the near future.

The tender also states that the disputes arising out of non-fulfilment of any of the terms and conditions of this agreement or any other dispute arising out of the arbitration award will be subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in the city of Chennai only.

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