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2013-08-20

Digitization a “huge missed opportunity” for SMEs: I&B Min.

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari has said that the digitization of Indian television distribution had provided an opportunity to the MSMEs sector to grow and leverage its strengths.

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari has said that the digitization of Indian television distribution had provided an opportunity to the MSMEs sector to grow and leverage its strengths.

 

Tewari at an event in New Delhi said one of his regrets was that a $6-8 billion digitization market had been given away to countries like China, Taiwan and other countries.

 

He said manufacturing Set Top Boxes (STBs) “is not rocket science” and digitisation has been a “huge missed opportunity” for the medium and small scale industry.

 

He said Indian industry should utilise the opportunity of providing STBs for third and fourth phase of digitisation.
 

Addressing a Symposium on New Media Education in India in New Delhi, Tewari said, “The Ministry of MSME and Industry must put in place policies and incentive structure to enable Indian manufacturers take advantage of this unique business opportunity. The process ought to have been utilised by Indian manufacturers to script the process as the “India Digitization Story”, rather than as a policy initiative supplemented by technological support from other countries.
 

“While 30 million Set Top Boxes had been installed in Phase-I & II, 80 million remained to be installed during Phase-III & IV providing the industry the opportunity to build a vibrant model for the future leading to better subscriber revenues, lower carriage fees and sustainable revenue models for the Broadcasting Sector,” the minister added.

 

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