Plans for the introduction of mobile TV services by India's public broadcaster Doordarshan (DD) have been abandoned by India's Information and Broadcasting Ministry after the spectrum it had hoped for was allocated instead to the development of 4G mobile networks.
The ministry had estimated mobile TV would earn DD about INR 300 crore when the policy was conceived a number of years ago, according to the Times of India. However, scarcity of 96MHz spectrum in the UHF band and the demand upon it for other methods of communications has necessitated a change of heart.
"Our priority is providing a large bouquet of channels through DD to viewers who have a choice of digital cable and DTH. So, there has been a conscious decision to drop plans to offer mobile TV services in national interest and instead focus on DD's digitisation," a senior ministry source is quoted as saying in The Times of India.
The government expects between four to six blocks of spectrum to be made available to 4G operators, potentially accumulating between INR 520 billion and 780 billion in the auction.