Cabinet approves new IPTV policy guidelines

22 Aug 2008

The Indian government has approved a new policy framework for the IPTV sector in the country, including amending the current guidelines for downlinking of TV channels, Telecom Tiger is reporting. Currently broadcasters only have authorisation to transmit channels through analogue and Direct-to-Home (DTH) platforms but the new policy will enable IPTV providers to use content from broadcasters. ‘Issuance of guidelines on IPTV will bring clarity on defining the parameters in which such service providers will work and also clarify how these services are going to be regulated’, said Information and Broadcasting Minister P R Dasmunsi. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, state-owned Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) are the only operators to currently offer IPTV services, although Bharti Airtel, Videocon Industries and Reliance Communications are all planning to enter the market, with the latter recently announcing plans for a launch by the end of 2008.