An Uphill Task
While the ministry struggles with the first phase, the daunting task of the second phase looms ahead. Thirty eight cities across 15 states will have to be digitised by March 31, 2013. Boxes in excess of 13 million will be required, which means that each multi system operator (MSO) will have to cough up anywhere between Rs 300-500 crore. Out of these, Maharashtra has at least nine cities that are set to digitise, while Uttar Pradesh has as many as seven cities. Hathway Cable and Datacom leads the pack amongst MSOs because it is present in over 65% of the cities covered in the second phase, said analysts. It is closely followed by Den Networks (which has a distribution joint venture with Star Network
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