Convergence & Broadcasting (C&B)

Convergence & Broadcasting (C&B)

Convergence & Broadcasting (C&B) Division

 

Work Responsibilities:

1. Artificial Intelligence:

  • Artificial intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) applications are increasingly being used in all domains. Unintended biases in their predictions or outcomes is a big concern. One important requirement of Responsible AI is that the AI/ ML System should be unbiased or fair. In achieving the objective of Government of India of building public trust in AI/ ML Systems (#AIforAll), TEC has initiated Fairness Assessment of AI/ ML Systems on Voluntary basis.
  • C&B Division TEC is holding public consultations for framing procedures for assessing fairness for different types of AI/ ML Systems, and for issuing fairness rating/ certification to AI/ ML Systems, as a benchmark of fairness.
  • Fairness Score and Bias Index proposed in [1] could be one the solutions for measuring fairness of supervised learning AI Systems. Reference [1] could serve as a base document for further work for creating the fairness assessment framework.

Important documents and links:

Reference:

 

2. Conditional Access System (CAS) and Subscriber Management System (SMS):

  • TRAI has designated TEC as the Testing and Certification Agency for Conditional Access System (CAS) and Subscriber Management System (SMS) used for Broadcasting and Cable TV services as per order dated 20-09-2021. Convergence & Broadcasting Division is the Nodal Division in TEC for the work related to CAS and SMS testing and certification.
  • C&B Division has issued the Test Guides for CAS & SMS, prepared after detailed stakeholder consultations.
  • C&B Division is now drafting the procedure for accreditation of testing labs for CAS & SMS. Inputs solicited from all stakeholders.

Important documents and links:

 

3. Broadband Cable and Television:

  • C&B Division is nodal for framing the Generic Requirements (GR)/ Interface Requirements (IR)/ Service Requirements (SR)/ Standards (SD)/ Essential Requirements (ER) and associated Test Schedule & Testing Procedures (TSTP) for Convergence & Broadcasting products/ services. These include Standards on voice, video and data IP applications over cable TV networks (IPCablecom); interactive cable television service; high-speed data services; IP-based television and video-on-demand distribution (IPTV service), next-generation cable modems, interactive content formats, common application programming interfaces (APIs) for broadcasting services, methods for evaluating audio-visual quality, home network, and Internet Protocol (IP) broadcasting.
  • National Working Group-9 reconstituted under chairmanship of DDG (C&B) TEC. Please visit NWG-9 page for details.
  • Essential Requirements (ER) for Hybrid Set-top Boxes finalised through public consultations.

Important documents and links:

 

4. Other Activities:

  • TEC Website development and maintenance
  • New portals development and integration