India doubles STB import duties

India’s New Delhi government is to double customs duties on imported set-top boxes in an attempt to promote local production and sales of digital converter boxes.

The new tax is set at 10 per cent, and was outlined by India’s finance minister in his budget speech.

The problem, however, is that India’s local manufacturing scene simply cannot cope with the demand now existing from the nation’s cable operators ahead of planned regional analogue switch-offs scheduled for March 31st.

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