This all appears to be in line with mandates from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), which is responsible for regulation of the sector. The agency has proposed a sunset date of Dec. 31, 2013, for complete migration from analog to digital in the cable space.
For comparison’s sake, the United States is expected to remain the world’s largest digital cable-TV market with 105 million digital homes in 2015.
The main players in the Indian cable-TV distribution arena include DEN Networks, Hathway Cable and Dish TV. Dish is the country’s largest direct-to-home player, enjoying a 30-percent market share, while Hathway and DEN are the two largest national MSOs.