Thai state-owned CAT Telecom has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Association of Cable & Satellite TV Network Providers (CABSAT) to offer members access to its fibre-optic network to assist in upgrading from analogue to digital cable TV broadcasting. The partnership is also envisaged to benefit both CAT and the cablecos by signing up customers to CAT’s fibre broadband internet services, The Nation writes. CABSAT has around 295 active cable TV operators in its membership (serving roughly three million TV subscriber households), of which 193 are operating on analogue systems; CAT reportedly aims to connect as many of the 295 cablecos as possible to its fibre-optic network. Manop Tokarnka, president of CABSAT, explained that the association’s members were required by the National Broadcasting & Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) to upgrade services under its ‘must carry’ rule and reserve channels 1-36 for digital terrestrial TV stations. CAT reached an agreement in December 2015 with the NBTC to provide infrastructure for cablecos to help the transition to digital TV.
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