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MIB directs authorised officers to conduct regular inspection of MSOs

MUMBAI: The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has asked the authorised officers in all states and Union Territories to carry out inspection of all multi-system operators (MSOs) to ascertain whether they are following digital addressable system (DAS) guidelines.

The ministry has provided a check list for such inspection. It requested the authorised officers to plan regular inspections of MSOs and take prompt action against the defaulters.

As per the cable Television Networks (Regulations) Act 1995 and Rules, no MSOs shall provide cable TV services without a valid registration from the MIB. Further, they must have a digital head-end of their own.

They must set up and operationalise a conditional access system (CAS) and a subscriber management system (SMS). All TV channels must be in digital and encrypted. The STBs supplied by MSOs must be BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) compliant.

Registered MSOs must operationalise cable service within six months of getting the registration, failing which their registration is likely to be withdrawn/suspended.

For the successful implementation of cable TV digitisation, it is imperative that immediate action is taken against the defaulters and also regular monitoring/checks are made to ensure that the cable operators follow all the provisions in the Cable Act/Rules for providing cable TV services, the ministry said in its letter to the authorised officers.

As per Section 2 of the Cable Act, the authorised officers are DM, SDM and CP with powers (Sec 11) to seize the equipment used for operating cable TV networks if the cable operators violate the provisions of the Cable Act.

Check list for inspection of MSOs by Authorised Officers