The DTH Operators Association of India (DOAOI), which represents all DTH companies in India, has filed complaints against cable operators in certain areas who have been using DTH jammers distort DTH signals in parts of Mumbai. The association has written an official letter to the Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Home Affairs and Commissioner of Police, Mumbai regarding this.
Furthermore, they have also a sent letter regarding the issue to the Telecom Regulatory Association of India (TRAI), Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and other security agencies saying, “These jammers are being used to disrupt DTH signals and are also a threat to national security as the same are capable of being used to interfere with other signals besides DTH”. The letter mentioned specific incidents and the areas in which these jammers were used to disrupt the DTH signals. Many of the incidents occurred during the FIFA World Cup matches and came to light after numerous subscriber complaints from the Versova, Yari Road and Lokhandwala in Andheri, Mumbai. They also mentioned evidence of the destruction of DTH antennas on the terraces of some buildings.
Harit Nagpal, MD & CEO, Tata Sky and DOAOI president in a release to the press pointed out that they've received numerous complaints from subscribers about poor quality and freezing of pictures on television screens in a systematic manner, which gave rise to the suspicion of malpractice being involved. “We have already zeroed-in on particular locations and details of the same have been furnished to the police to take appropriate action. Dates pertaining the telecast and subsequent complaints have also been furnished to concerned authorities in the complaint,” he added.
Several DTH operators we contacted were unavailable for comments.