Possibility of interoperability on the clouds
Ankita Lahiri | May 26, 2016 | New Delhi
An issue for quite some time, the interoperability of set-top boxes (STBs) is one of the key areas that Telecom Authority of India (TRAI) is focusing on its new consultation papers.
According to Sunil Gupta, principle advisor, TRAI, “The probability of interoperability within CAS is very high. We have done lab tests, not the field tests and the results have been quite positive.”
There are three types of interoperability in the context of STBs. The first is Intra-CAS operability, where a customer shifts within the same CAS system. Second is shifting from one CAS system to another CAS system. And finally, shifting from digital to analogue. Worldwide, this kind of interoperability has not yet been possible.
Analysing the whole issue as a technology problem, TRAI has got C-DoT on board as the technical advisers along with a twelve member committee which will look into the matter. The committee consists of professors from IIT Mumbai, ISCI Bangalore and other IT experts.
On being questioned about the delay in finding a solution to this issue, R S Sharma, chairman TRAI replied, “When we mentioned the idea of interoperability, many people said it is just not possible, for security reasons, for proprietary systems which are used to deliver the signals, encryption methodologies. All these things are so different that it is not possible to have one common set top box.”
In an attempt to find a solution, TRAI has already released a pre-consultation paper. Sharma goes on to add, “There are components in a set-top box which are proprietary to the provider and there are some components which are common. We are trying to figure out whether these components can be disconnected so that the propriety elements can have a standard interface with the common elements.”
As of now ByDesign, a Bangalore based firm is the only successful Indian firm to produce hardware (STBs) and software- a CAS system.
All these have been highlighted post several consultations. Reviewing the broadcasting sector with a holistic approach TRAI has already released four consultation papers. These include a paper relating to issues on tariffs, issues on stakeholders, on quality of services and on issues on registration of agreements.
From Dependence to Self-Reliance: Mapping India’s Rise as a Global Superpower By Bimal Jalan Rupa Publications, 184 pages, Rs 695 Bimal Jalan, a former governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), has been one of our finest commentators on econom
While many countries have been chasing to reach the carbon neutral status, only a few seem to be living up to their pledges as of now. The famous ’Paris Agreement’ of 2015 was glorified and celebrated that finally 196 countries have united with an intent to mitigate and reduce the greenhouse ga
The government this week announced the Tour of Duty or `Agnipath` scheme for the recruitment of soldiers in the armed forces. Under this scheme new soldiers will be recruited only for four years. This radical and far-reaching scheme has attracted mixed reactions from various quarters. While some officials
UPI has become an integral part of our daily lives now. We use it to buy groceries, we use it to send money to friends and family, we use it to purchase tickets, book shows, pay the cab driver, and a whole host of other things due to the ease and availability of such a platform at our fingertips. The best
Scorching Love: Letters from Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi to his son, Devadas By Gopalkrishna Gandhi and Tridip Suhrud Oxford University Press, 528 page, Rs 1495 Gandhi’s era happened to be an era when letter-writing was a primary mode of communica
Crediting the citizens of Mumbai for coming forward to help the police in combating the crisis situation due to Covid-19, Mumbai police commissioner Sanjay Pandey has said that Mumbai Police lost quite a few policemen during the pandemic but cumulative efforts, with citizens working hand in hand with the p