Leading French transmission infrastructure company TDF is all set to bag the project for setting up private FM radio operations in Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai. The French firm’s Indian subsidiary Mediacast has already received the letter of intent (LoI) from the private FM licencees. The formal agreement with the FM players is expected to be signed soon.
According to industry sources, FM licencees in Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata have already informed the Information & Broadcasting Ministry that they’ve chosen TDF for setting up their operations in these cities. As soon as the I&B ministry gives its green signal to the FM players, TDF will start its work.
Other transmission service companies, who were in contention for the FM radio project, included foreign players such as UK-based NTL and Measat of Malaysia. Even India’s Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Ltd (Becil), a leading player in the transmission services area, was in the fray for installing the set-up for private FM radio licencees.
TDF will be responsible for fixing the common multiplexers, cable and antenna for all the FM players in Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai.
While private FM players in Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata have been allowed to co-locate their transmitters in the All India Radio (AIR) towers in these cities, AIR Mumbai does not have the capacity to allow such a co-location of transmitters.
TDF has so far put up 18,000 transmitters in the world, mainly in Europe and America. According to industry sources, the company is committed to invest $500 million over the next five years in radio, television and telecom infrastructure services in India.
Source: Financial Express