The 8th Edition of Satcab Symposium, organized by Aavishkar Media Group was held on 7th February 2017 at hotel ‘The Lalit’, New Delhi.
The subject of the symposium was ‘Technology convergence in Digital India’. The renowned personalities of Broadcasting and CATV Industry was present to attend this one day symposium which had three important sessions.
The symposium started with lighting the lamb by Dr. A.K. Rastogi, President of Aavishkar Dish Anteena Sangh, Lt. Col. (Retd.) V.C. Khare, Industry Observer, Subhashish Mazumdar, Sr. V.P., Operations and Head Regulatory, InDigital, Amit Arora, EVP, Indiacast, Kanak Singh Rana, Director, GTPL, Gujrat and K. Govindan.
Before starting the Session 1, which was based on ‘Business Model & Regulations’ Dr. A.K. Rastogi welcomed all the Hon’ble Guest present there to share their views. Dr. Rastogi said the Industry is only 25 years old but in a very short span of time it has gone through many technical changes & now it has become a very well established Industry, catering entertainment to a large group of India’s population through Cable T.V. Networks. Though the problems arose but this Industry faced them. Dr. Rastogi raised the Entertainment & Service Tax issue which are being charged from LCO, which is unfair and dragging the LCOs in monetary problems as a big amount collected from the subscribers goes to govt. Dr. Rastogi also raised many issues the Industry is facing.
Speaking on the digitization of CATV Dr. Rastogi said, “There are many confusions related to digitization. The days of Analog Technology has become an old story, the new digital technology is replacing it as it has vast scope for all the stakeholders of the Industry. People are still in confusion what is the reality of the Industry and in which direction it is moving on. No body either at the level of govt. or other concerning Authority like TRAI did not feel it necessary to impart education to the LCOs and their technical staff. They only seed the Set Top Boxes in the houses but not aware with the technology. It is a high time, the govt. should think seriously on this matter so that digital programme launched by govt could be fruitful.”
In the last of his inaugural speech Dr. Rastogi pointed out if we talk about the taxes levied by the govt, the LCO are loosers because these taxes go from the pocket of LCOs. MSO and Broadcasters are nothing to do with these taxes.” Dr. Rastogi said there is a difference in Telco and Cable TV. the officer sitting in the TRAI have Telco background that is why they make policy for CATV like Telco. This is not fair, the rules & regulations should be made for CATV industry as per requirement of this Industry.” He also pointed out the need to form a council to solve the issues instead of going to the court and to suggest the govt. to look into the matter & to suggest the way out.
Session 1 – 'Business Model and regulations'
Kaushik Moitra, Partner, TMT Law Practice was the Moderator of this session and the Panelists were Subhashish Mazumdar, Sr. V.P., Operations and Head Regulatory, InDigital, Amit Arora, EVP, Indiacast, Sanjive Narain, CMD, Prag News and Sisir Pillai, Consultant, VuClip. In this session all the speakers felt the necessity of rules & regulators for Cable T.V. Industry so that industry could run smoothly without any dispute.
Session 2: ‘Significance of wireline network in Digital India’
After the lunch the second session started in which prominent industry personalities discussed the significance of wireline network. Mr. Vinsley Fernandes, Executive Director, Castle Media opened the session as a Moderator and panellist were Gulshan Khurana, CTO, Cisco, Anil Malhotra, COO, Siti Networks, Bibhu Rath, President & CEO, Ortel Communications Limited, Suresh Sethiya, ICNCL, Kolkata and Raman Kalra, Founder & CEO, StoreSay.
Most of the speakers were of the view that the cable line will capture the market as 200 million consumers are connected with wireline and wireline technology is deep rooted. Many services like internet, video on demand and technology may be available through wireline. Though some speakers had different view point but they also said that in future wireline may be effective but we cannot ignore the problems of wireline network.
After the second session Dr. Subhash Chandra, Hon’ble Member of Parliament & Chairman – ZEE & Essel Group delivered keynote address
In a comingyears the utility of T.V. will be increased and T.V. screen will be a market place where everything will be available as per requirement of the subscribers.This announcement was made by Dr. Subhash Chandra Hon’ble Member of Parliament and chairman of ZEE & Essel Group, in a Satcab Symposium, organized by Aavishkar Media Group at hotel The Lalit on 7th February 2017.
Dr. Chandra said, “Many technologies are waiting to appear on T.V. & we should get ourselves prepared to accept them.”
He further said, “Now T.V. is not a luxury, it has become the necessity of each & everybody”, therefore efforts should be made by all the stake holders to strengthen the Cable T.V. Industry as many issues arise between the Broadcasters, Multi Service Operators and Last Mile Operators, that can be solved by mutual understandings.
Dr. Chandra said, “The Cable T.V. Industry in present scenario needs regulation and regulators. It is quite possible after two- three years, there would not be need of any regulator.
Dr. Chandra assured the Cable Industry that being a member of parliament, he would raise the issue of Entertainment TAX and Services Tax on the floor of the Parliament.
Session 3:- DAS Implementation-Miles to go before we sleep?
After the keynote address by Dr. Subhash Chandra, the third and final session started. Lt.Col. Retd. V.C. Khare as a moderator threw light on technical issues related to the digitization & CATV industry.
Avinash Panday, COO. ANN, V.D.Wadhwa, CEO, Siti Networks, Shaji Mathew, COO, GTPL, Yogendra Pal, Advisor (DAS),MIB, Suresh Kumar PP, MD, KCCL were the panelists for session 3.
All the speakers of this session were satisfied with the progress of digitization and they feel that digitization will uplift the CATV because many services can be introduced after digitization.
N.Parmeswaran, Senior Consultant, Ministry of Human Resource Development delivered the VALEDICTORY ADDRESS He said, “We have to stand unite & be prepared for the future challenges and opportunities.”