PEMRA in Pakistan finalized specifications for digital cable TV STBs

In pursuance of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) endeavor to meet the cable TV Digitalization deadline of September 30, 2016 and to ensure the maximum facilitation and protection of subscribers’ rights, PEMRA has finalized the minimum standards / specifications for Digital cable TV set-top-boxes.


The technical standards/specifications of Digital Set Top boxes have been drafted in line with international practices to safeguard the legitimate objective such as quality of service, un-interrupted operation of the equipment, safety and competitiveness. The set-top box shall be compatible and ensure compliance with the minimum technical standards as prescribed by the Authority.


PEMRA in its customized standards has made it compulsory for all cable operators and equipment providers to meet certain performance and audio/video decoding requirements, equipment conformity, electronic program guide and logical channel numbering etc.


Once the draft standards are approved by the Authority in its upcoming meeting on March 30th, the same shall be available on PEMRA website for easy access of stakeholders including the public and subscribers.