Nepal Police Raids for Indian DTH Set Top Boxes

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  1. peacecracker

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    SAMIKSHA KOIRALA

    KATHMANDU, June 23: The government along with the only DTH service provider in the country have removed over 10,000 DTH sets on the grounds that they were illegally installed.

    Following instructions from the Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC), the Home Ministry started raiding houses to remove DTH sets of Indian companies. Nepali DTH service provider has also claimed to have replaced around 8,000 illegal DTH sets with Dish Home, the only DTH service provider in the country.


    Under the campaign, Dish Home replaces the set in Rs 2,000 only whereas new subscribers need to cough up Rs 5,000 for the installation.

    Although it is against the law to use DTH offered by Indian companies, customers are using Indian DTH services like those from Airtel, Tatasky, Dish TV and others, citing reasons like lower cost, a-la cart options, and large number of channels. However, a Dish Home offical Sudip Acharya said that people of the Terai region and rural areas have been using Indian DTH from the time when Nepali DTH was not available. "Of late, people are switching over to our network voluntarily for Nepali contents," he added.

    After a secretary-level decision in 2005, the use of foreign DTH was made illegal. Subscribers using illegal DTH can be punished under the existing Customs Act 2007. As per the Act, the government can treat such subscribers as smugglers, seize the equipment, and ask for a penalty worth the price of the equipment or send to imprisonment up to five years.

    Joint-secretary at MoIC, Mahendra Prasad Guragai, said that under the instruction of Home Ministry, policemen conducted raids in Hetauda, Sunsari, Siraha and Dhankuta and removed hundreds of DTH sets of Indian companies.

    Lately, Television Broadcasters Nepal (TBN) expressed its support for removing illegally installed DTH.
    Published on 2011-06-23 02:00:20
     
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  3. sob

    sob Moderator Moderator

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    I was in Nepal last month and in the Terai region bordering inidia quite a lot of people had Indian dish antennas and in one town I even saw people using Reliance CDMA phones for talking to friends and relatives in India. In both these cases the recharge cards are available from Zraxaul which is on the Indian side of the border.
     
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    We might soon see Chinese DTH boxes in Nepal the way things are going.
     
  5. peacecracker

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    IINM, Nepal has a DTH Provider.
     

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