Direct-to-home (DTH) operators need 68 additional transponders to accommodate more television channels on their platform. The requirement of satellite transponder capacity for DTH services has been increasing with increase in demand for high-definition (HD) channels. Until 31 March 2017, the number of satellite transponders in use for DTH stood at 104.
Venkiah Naidu, Minister of Information and Broadcasting said: “As on date, there is a committed demand from the DTH service providers for 68 more transponders. As intimated by the Department of Space (DoS), the requirement of satellite transponder capacity for DTH services has been increasing with increase in demand for HD channels. The total satellite transponder capacity used by the DTH operators presently stands at 104 transponders”.
Currently, all six DTH operators’ uplink the signals of TV channels to different satellites located at different orbital slots. The majority of channels transmitted by the DTH operators are replicated across multiple platforms.
“This creates capacity constraints and a significant cost burden for each operator, making the service expensive. In this scenario, enabling sharing of infrastructure may address the issue of demand–supply mismatch of transponders”, proposed Naidu.