The Indian’s Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) has identified 9 private companies in total to produce set top boxes equipped with Indian Conditional Access System (iCAS), giving the consumer the choice over the pay channels beamed into his home.
Although a time-limit for the production of the STBs for the growing demands of boxes was not declared, it has been said that it could occur at the same time with the deadline of Digital Addressable System (DAS) in December 2016. Around 70-80 million of boxes are estimated to be needed in the III & IV phase of the digital migration process.
The companies which have been identified are Melbon-Millenium Technologies (Delhi-based), Solid-KMTS Engineering Pvt. Ltd, MyBox Technologies Pvt. Ltd, C-Net Communications India Pvt. Ltd, Smasher Communications Pvt. Ltd (Bangalore-based), Velankani Electronics Pvt. Ltd, Exza Info system, ABS Productions Pvt. Ltd and Videocon (Aurangabad-based).
According to the agreement signed, developed iCAS will be made available to the operators at 0.5USD or less for a period of 3 years. Over 25,000 STBs with iCAS have already been distributed across the country during the month of December last till January this year.