Broadcaster can participate in auction of DTH licences: LHC

ISLAMABAD, Oct 25 (APP): A Chinese Firm has showed its interest in setting up a manufacturing unit in Pakistan to locally produce set top box for DTH and digital cable TV.
The Chinese firm – Telecast Technology specializes in manufacturing of digital CATV equipment, analog pay TV systems, and MMDS systems and visiting Pakistan these days.
The officials of the Company are holding meetings with government officials including Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Chairman, Absar Alam.
PEMRA is in process of auctioning DTH licenses in Pakistan and is hoping to auction three DTH licenses by end of November 2016.
PEMRA on Tuesday said it has shortlisted 16 companies for bidding and final auction is to take place during last week of November 2016.
PEMRA is also in process of digitizing the cable TV network in country and it has already asked cable operators to start deploying digital Cable TV network.
An earlier deadline of May 30, 2016 was set for complete digitization of Cable TV network in country, however, after input from cable TV operator this deadline was postponed.
According to PEMRA, Chinese firm asked for Authority’s support in setting up its manufacturing unit in Pakistan, for which Absar Alam assured of all possible support but asked the delegation to submit a more detailed proposal for proper perusal.