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India reaches Phase II digitisation deadline

India will switch off analogue cable signals in more than 30 cities today, as the 31 March deadline for Phase II of the country's digitisation has passed.

These cities are Agra, Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Amritsar, Aurangabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Coimbatore, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Howrah, Hyderabad, Indore, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kalyan-Dombivli, Kanpur, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Meerut, Mysore, Nagpur, Nasik, Navi Mumbai, Patna, Pimpri- Chinchwad, Pune, Rajkot, Ranchi, Sholapur, Srinagar, Surat, Thane, Vadodara, Varanasi and Visakhapatnam.

However, in some cities, installation of set top boxes (STBs) is still lagging. According to the Times of India, just 43% of households in Thane, Navi Mumbai and Kalyan-Dombivli have switched from analogue to digital TV.

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry will now focus on the third phase of digitisation, which has to be implemented in all other urban areas not covered in Phase I and II by 30 September 2014.

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