January 18, 2007

CAS to be Extended Beyond Metros


After the first phase rollout of the Conditional Access System (CAS) in the notified areas of Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata, the government of India is planning to extend the system beyond metros to other areas. A decision on this is expected soon.

Talking about the government's plans, P R Dasmunshi, Information and Broadcasting Minister, said that they are satisfied with the implementation of CAS in the notified areas, and are now looking to expand further as part of CAS Phase-2 and Phase-3.

According to sources, among the new cities to see implementation of CAS are urban metros like Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Bangalore, Pune, Indore, apart from remaining areas in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai. It is, however, not clear whether Delhi's satellite towns like Noida and Gurgaon will be covered as well.

Meanwhile, after orders from the Delhi High Court, CAS was rolled out in notified areas of Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata from December 31 last year. The system is under implementation in Chennai since 2003.

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