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India delivers 20m STBs to Phase IV regions

India’s adoption of Conditional Access and addressable set-top boxes is gathering pace. The latest data from the country’s Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) says that September and October (to October 25th) saw 1.97 million additional boxes delivered to the nation’s Phase IV regions.

This takes the overall total of boxes distributed by cable operators in the Phase IV areas to 19.77 million. Overall throughout the country, and including Phase I, II and III cities and towns, Indian cable operators have connected 92.4 million STBs.

Officially, all homes covered by the Phase IV plan must be connected by December 31st 2016, although some latecomers are permitted to delay until March 2017.

The MIB is now looking for its share of the entertainment tax due on the systems.

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