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Hathway, IMCL subsidiaries get provisional licences; Seven Star’s licence revised to pan-India

MUMBAI: The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) awarded 31 provisional multi-system operator (MSO) licences in the month of October.

Hathway Cable & Datacom subsidiary Hathway MCN and IndusInd Media & Communications Ltd (IMCL) subsidiary Sangli Digital Media Services were among the 31 companies to have received provisional licences.

Hathway MCN received the licence for districts in Marathwada region including Jalna, Parbhani, Hingoli, Nanded, Latur, Beed and Osmanabad, while Sangli Media Services got the registration for Maharashtra.

The MIB also revised the area of operation of Mumbai-based Seven Star by making it pan-India. It also granted pan-India registrations to Enyes Network Communication and Satcom Satellite Network.

The registrations were issued for the states of Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

The ministry cancelled the provisional licence of Kolkata VXL Digital following a request from the company. It had received registration for Kolkata, Howrah, Patna and Ranchi besides Phase III and IV areas of West Bengal, Assam, Bihar, Orissa, Sikkim, Jharkhand and Tripura.

The total number of provisional registrations went up to 804 as on 31 October.

While no permanent registration was granted in October, the MIB revised the areas of operation of two companies. Andhra Pradesh-based Sri Sai Communications’ area of operation was revised to pan-India, while that of Siti Maurya Cable Net was revised to the entire state of Bihar.

The MIB closed the applications of 12 companies as they were incomplete in almost all cases. This included the application of Hathway’s subsidiary Hathway Bhaskar CBN Multinet, which has since been renamed Hathway CBN Multinet. The subsidiary operates in Chhattisgarh.

The total number of registrations cancelled/closed now stands at 42.


List of cancelled or cases closed