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Few MSOs in Phase IV have applied for DAS licence

MUMBAI: Only a fraction of multi-system operators (MSOs) operating in Phase IV areas had applied to the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) for digital addressable system (DAS) licence, representatives of broadcasters told the ministry.

Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) representative mentioned that they had interconnection agreements with about 1,500 MSOs, out of which 1,101 had not applied to the ministry for licence.

DASHe confirmed that these 1,101 MSOs had been advised to apply for MSO registration if they wanted to continue operating in DAS-notified areas.

Star India representative mentioned that they had also issued a similar letter to their MSOs who were yet to take registration from the ministry.

During the monthly DAS Task Force meeting on 31 August, the ministry asked the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) to ensure that similar action was taken by all its members. It asked the broadcasters to provide the ministry with the email addresses of unregistered MSOs so that it could also write to them.

In the previous Task Force meeting, the ministry had asked the broadcasters to provide a list of MSOs in Phase IV and the ones who had not applied for a licence. The MIB wants the MSOs to apply for the licence in advance so that they do not use it as a negotiation trick to extend the DAS Phase IV deadline.

Out of the 6,000 MSOs operating in the country, only 1,300 have applied for MSO registration. The ministry has issued 737 provisional MSO registrations and 235 permanent registrations until 28 July.