With the FM Radio Phase III auctions in progress, the RFPs and RFQs for procurement of equipment have been invited by the 26 bidders.
Technical discussions and negotiations are on with the equipment manufacturers, Nautel, GatesAir, Rohde & Schwarz, and Broadcast Electronics, alongwith a handful of Italian vendors including CTE, Elletronika, Elenos, Prais, and RVR. System integrators as Falcon, Horizon, and Comcon, and consultants as BECIL and Technomedia are also active. The vendors can look forward to a healthy order book for the next couple of years.
A detailed evaluation is being done for equipment as transmitters and transmission accessories, audio processors, modulation monitors, codecs, monitor amplifiers, and rigid lines. Mixing consoles, radio playouts, distribution amplifiers, microphones, audio delay units, telephone interfaces, and cables and connectors are being shortlisted for FM studios. The long wait of the industry seems to finally be over!
With less than six months left for completion of digitization of Phase III, the authorities are looking forward to a smooth transition in all urban areas. The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has recently issued 39 licenses (6 permanent and 33 provisional) to MSOs, taking the total number of registered MSOs to 315. However, the complete impact of digitization in terms of growth in subscription revenue and a reduction in carriage fees may be delayed as issues pertaining to sharing of distribution revenue between MSOs and LCOs remain unresolved. This is despite the TRAI having submitted its recommendations. For the successful implementation of the remaining phases of digitization, it is crucial to resolve this. The discerning consumer has options as HITS and DTH services too.
Preparations are on for participation at IBC2015, the annual event for creation, management, and delivery of entertainment and news content globally scheduled for September 10-15, 2015 in Amsterdam. This event shall provide an insight into creation, management, delivery, and monetization of content across connected devices and new media alongside unprecedented networking opportunities into the converging worlds of broadcast, telecom, and IT. We are dedicating our next edition to IBC2015.