India´s Phase III and IV cities would require 75 million STBs

India´s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting predicts that they would need around 75 million STBs to complete the third and fourth phase of cable TV digitisation in the country. I&B ministry has already completed second phase of digitisation which involved digitizing 16 million cable TV houses in 38 cities by April 2013.

Domestic STB manufacturing opportunity has been identified as a growth driver for electronics manufacturing industry wherein the demand for STBs are valued around USD 12 billion globally. The department of Electronics and Information Technology has announced series of incentives for electronics manufacturing cluster schemes. It has also been notified by the government that the STBs have been identified as a focus product.

Phase III digitisation has to be implemented in all urban areas except cities and towns covered in Phase I and II by September 2013. Rest of the regions would be covered under Phase IV digitization mandate.