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Interopertability to Set Top Boxes (STB)
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New Delhi, Sep 19 (Calcutta Tube) After mobile number portability, the telecom and broadcast regulator’s move to bring interopertability to Set Top Boxes (STB) has evoked a mixed response from the Direct-to-Home (DTH) operators.

STB interopertability means the STBs of any DTH platform should be usable on any other DTH platform. It will enable customers to switch from one operator to another on the same set top box by just using a module known as conditional access module (CAM).

The customer can simply insert this module into the STB to access another operator without using a separate STB.

Interoperability of STB was incorporated in the DTH licensing norms to give the consumers a choice. The clause says that the STB must be ‘inter-operable’, meaning the STBs should be compatible with all service providers.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is looking to implement an open architecture system for the different DTH players and last month issued a consultation paper seeking feedback from the stakeholders.

In response, the country’s largest DTH player Dish TV favoured the proposed move, saying that portability is mandated by the law and should be implemented.

But other DTH operators say there are serious limitations to the technical inter-operability of the STB such as cost escalation.

‘To reduce the cost of the box, each box is designed to support a limited configuration based on network requirements of the provider. Any attempt for interoperability will increase cost for the subscribers without getting advantages of newer technology,’ said Reliance Big TV.

Tata Sky said different operators are using different combinations. If a single STB is to be made compatible with all different technologies such as compression technology, transmission technology and other encryption technologies, the cost is bound to go up significantly.

Source: calcuttatube.com

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I guess its already posted

http://www.indiandth.in/tdth-11318-trai-...ponse.html
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Yes it is already posted.

Sorry didn't check the old post.
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