In a first for a civic body, the New Delhi Municipal Council will provide high-definition cable television services to residents of Lutyens’ Delhi from mid-February, a move that will help it in its Smart City bid.
NDMC will provide the service in partnership with Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited and telecom company Oneott Intertainment. The transmission will be through the underground optic fiber network.
MTNL, along with the municipal body, is already providing high-speed internet and voice facility through the fiber-to-the-home technology in select NDMC areas, so the television channels can now be accessed alongside Netflix, Prime, YouTube and other net-based media services.
The users will have the freedom to watch shows on TV screens, mobile, computer or laptop, provided they take the MTNL-NDMC internet connection. MTNL CMD Pravin Kumar Purwar said the cost would be “reasonable”. “We can’t offer rates below those decided by the Telecom Authority of India (TRAI) for implementation from February 1, but we assure users they will be marginally over that,” he said.
CP to get the first taste of HD cable TV, internet
Along with FTTH, the technology being employed is called headend-in-the-sky (HITS), being a master facility for receiving television signals for processing and distribution over a cable TV system. Sunil Kumar, director (HR&EB), MTNL, explained, “In simple words, the content provider collects the differing frequencies of all satellite channels at one station via dish antennae. It then transmits them back to its own satellite collectively. From here, the signal is sent to local service providers via antennas and then to homes through an underground optic fiber.”
Purwar said that the combination of HITS and FTTH enable provision of high quality and low-cost television service that would not be hampered by sun or rain outage. Kumar also revealed that customers had the flexibility of viewing programmes at any point because they can be stored for seven days on the server.
NDMC had joined hand with MTNL 2017 to offer internet connectivity through Wi-Fi service in public places and FTTH services to certain central Delhi residential areas. “We have already completed the project for providing internet and telephone services through FTTH and registered 370 users as yet,” said Naresh Kumar, chairman, NDMC. “After seeing the success of that project, we decided to utilize the same facility for providing cable TV services too.”
Having taken this decision, the civic body signed a MoU with MTNL and Nxt Digital, the leading service provider for HITS technology in India. “By February 15, we will start publicizing the service and holding camps to invite applications from subscribers for the commercial connections,” said Kumar.
On a pilot basis, services will be initially offered in Connaught Place and its neighborhood. Kumar, pleased at being the first municipal body to offer cable TV through HITS, said that the Union ministry of information and broadcasting to has been stressing on employing this technology to change digital broadcasting in India.—Times Of India