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Help Orders for 8.79 million set top boxes received: I&B Ministry
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Service providers in the cable industry have already placed an order of 8.79 million set top boxes under the first phase of the digitisation move that covers the four metro cities, the I&B Ministry said today.

"In a high level review meeting taken today it was confirmed that orders had already been placed by major service providers for about 8.79 million set top boxes," the Ministry said in a press statement.

The order "would take care of the projected need of 10 million boxes for the first phase of digitalisation for which the cut-off date is 30th June 2012 in the four metros," it said.

As per the I&B Ministry plans, it would be obligatory for every cable operator to provide signals in digital addressable mode from 1st July 2012.

"Major service providers have taken cognisance of the notification issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting regarding the sun set date of conversion from analogue to digital services in the four metro cities," it further said.

This would also dispel reports that adequate preparations were not in place that would lead to blackout of services, the statement added.

The Ministry also added that the actions of ordering a huge number of set top boxes showed that the industry does not expect any postponement of the notified date as adequate preparations and plans are underway for implementation.

"The digitisation would provide a bonanza for the consumers in terms of picture quality, availability of wide range of channels and freedom of choice for selection of channels," the Ministry said.
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