The global conditional access systems (CAS) market is projected to expand at a strong CAGR of 10.30% from 2015 to 2022, according to Transparency Market Research. In 2014, the market value was pegged at just over US$2 bn, which is forecast to rise to US$4.7 bn by 2022. This growth can be attributed to the rising penetration of digital television across the globe, the surge in advancements in the broadcast media sector, the development of cloud-based CAS, and the availability of conditional access solutions for a number of devices.
Asia Pacific is projected to exhibit the highest CAGR from 2015 to 2022, with countries such as China and India contributing in a major way. Here’s a look at how the Indian CAS market has grown in recent years.
Recent Developments in India’s CAS Market
The idea of conditional access system was up for debate in India back in 2001 for a number of reasons: erratic pricing and rise in prices, poor service delivery by cable television operators (CSO), bundling of channels, poor reception of several channels, the lack of redress avenues and regulatory framework, and monopolies in local areas.
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However, after being introduced in the metropolitan cities beginning 2003, the CAS scenario in India has evolved slowly but steadily. Here are a few recent developments in the conditional access market in India:
- Indigenous Firm Designs Conditional Access Systems for Set-Top Boxes: In March this year, Bangalore-based ByDesign India Pvt Limited announced the successful completion of the development a conditional access system to be used by set-top boxes in India. This has allowed India to enter into a market that is still relatively niche and presently dominated by just a handful of global companies. The Indian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology said that the CAS development project – funded by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology – was aimed at encouraging the design and manufacturing of electronics in the country under the ‘Make in India’ banner. A version of this CAS design has already been adopted by Freedish, Doordarshan’s free-to-air DTH. The demand for conditional access systems in India is brought on by the rising demand for set-top boxes and the digitization of the broadcasting network in the country. The newly developed Indian Conditional Access System (iCASTM) currently supports seven Indian languages and is estimated to support another 15 in the coming years.
- Dish TV Mulls Adoption of CAS for Security and Efficiency: In December, Dish TV – one of India’s largest DTH television operators – announced its plan to adopt a multi-layer conditional access system to tackle potential security threats and to improve system efficiency. The deployment of set-top boxes that support card-less technology is also something the company is considering going forward. Dish TV is presently assessing the proposals it has received from companies including Pace, Civolution-Nexguard, Cisco, Viaccess, Nstv, Irdeto, Nagra, Conax, SMI, Verimatrix, and CRI – some of the leading CAS companies that have shown interest in this project. Dish TV said that over a period of five years the company hopes to deploy an estimated 15-20 mn set-top boxes with multi-layer conditional access systems.