ISLAMABAD: A Chinese firm has shown interest in setting up a manufacturing unit in Pakistan to locally produce set top box for DTH (direct-to-home) service and digital cable TV.

The Chinese firm, Telecast Technology, specialises in manufacturing of digital CATV equipment, analog pay TV systems, and MMDS systems.

The officials of the company are holding meetings with government officials, including Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) Chairman Absar Alam.

Pemra is in process of auctioning DTH licenses in Pakistan and is hoping to auction three DTH licenses by end of November 2016.

The regulatory body on Tuesday said it has shortlisted 16 companies for bidding and final auction is to take place during last week of November 2016.

Pemra is also in process of digitising the cable TV network in country and has already asked cable operators to start deploying digital cable TV network.

An earlier deadline of May 30, 2016, was set for complete digitisation of cable TV network in country, however, after input from cable TV operator this deadline was postponed.

According to Pemra, the mentioned Chinese firm asked for the authority’s support in setting up its manufacturing unit in Pakistan, to which Absar Alam assured of all possible support but asked the delegation to submit a more detailed proposal for proper perusal.