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Digital Addressable System for cable TV proposed

DHAKA, June 1, 2017 (BSS) - Finance minister A M A Muhith proposed to tag all the television across the country which are connected with cable TV network to a uniform digital system for discipline.

He made the proposal today while placing the national budget for fiscal 2017-18 in the Jatiya Sangsad.

Muhith said there are almost 3 crore television sets in Bangladesh and most of these are connected with cable TV network.

"Digitalization of the cable TV network is very necessary to bring discipline in this sector and above all to disseminate the different messages of the Government to the people easily by using the network," he opined.

The cable TV operators usually collect on an average Taka 250 to Taka 300 per month against each connection from the subscriber. Currently Supplementary Duty in addition to VAT is applicable on this charge.

"But, only a very small portion of the Supplementary Duty and VAT collected by the cable operators from the subscribers is deposited to the Government exchequer," said the minister.

Muhith proposed to "bring the cable TV network of Dhaka and Chittagong city and its adjacent areas under digital addressable system within next 2017-18 fiscal and also to bring the cable TV network of the entire nation under the same system within June, 2019."

Referring to the neighboring countries' mandatory digitalization of cable TV network, Muhith said: "Completion of such initiative will establish a Digital addressable system of the cable TV network and also would ensure collection of just revenue from this sector.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)