India needs regulatory policy shift: CASBAA

21 Sep 2006

The Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA) is urging the government of India to make a shift in its regulatory approach to the pay-TV industry.

"The Indian authorities' current positioning is holding back the industry and introducing significant new constraints of the kind that slowed India's economic development for decades," said CASBAA CEO Simon Twiston Davies.

CASBAA said recent initiatives by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the Telecoms Regulatory Authority of India would severely limit the development, not just of pay-TV, but of the entire Indian communications industry.

Speaking at a conference in Delhi organized by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India, CASBAA said it would like to see more emphasis on promoting growth, rather than on restricting market flexibility, adding that international and domestic examples of thriving, lightly regulated markets were plentiful.

"India can make immediate and enormous strides towards becoming a digital leader - if it takes fundamental steps to loosen restraints on industry growth," said Twiston Davies.

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