India to become global teleport hub : I & B

The government on said it is contemplating towards making India a teleoprt hub on international level and this will be instrumental in bringing foreign investment.

“We have today 89 permitted teleports in the country.  Telecom regulatory authority of India (TRAI) in its recommendations on policy issues related to uplinking/downlinking of television channels in India has also recommended that India should be developed as a teleport hub to allow turnaround or uplinking of channels from India keeping in view the geographical location of India and cheaper manpower,” Uday Kumar Varma , I&B  secretary, said.

“This initiative will bring in foreign investment, better technology and sustainable employment opportunities. This would place India in the league of countries like Singapore and Hong Kong,” he added.

With the deadline for digitization days away, the secretary said, “A quiet revolution is unfolding in the broadcasting sector as we are just a few days away from complete digital switchover from the analogue cable television network to digital cable television networks in the four metro cities of India.”

The ministry is planning to switch off the analogue signal for cable TV from November 1. Varma said Mumbai had achieved 100% digitization, while Delhi and Kolkata were not far behind at 88% and 82%, respectively.

 

Source – Times of India