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MIB grants 28 new MSO licences, Manthan gets permanent registration

MUMBAI: The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has granted permanent registration to Kolkata-based multi-system operator (MSO) Manthan Broadband Services. With this, the total number of permanent registration in the country has increased to 230 as on 30 September.

The registration, which was issued on 24 September, is applicable for the Kolkata Metropolitan Area under digital addressable system (DAS) Phase I, Howrah and Ranchi under Phase II and all cities/towns in India under Phase III.

Earlier, the MSO was issued permanent registration on 29 June 2012 only for Kolkata Metropolitan Area with effect from 30 September 2006. Since this licence expires on 30 September next year, Manthan had to apply for a fresh permanent registration for Kolkata along with Howrah and Ranchi under DAS Phase II and all cities/towns in India under Phase III.

Manthan also had a provisional registration for all 38 cities of DAS Phase II, which now stands cancelled, as it has been granted permanent registration for Howrah and Ranchi in Phase II.

The ministry has also issued 27 new provisional MSO registrations, which takes the total count to 172 excluding Manthan as on 30 September. Of the 27 new provisional registrations, only INB Telecast has been granted pan-India licence.

The ministry has also revised the permitted areas of operation of Bengaluru-based Lukup Media’s provisional registration to pan-India from just Bangalore.

Lukup Media COO Sisir Pillai told TelevisionPost.com that there was a mistake while filing the MSO registration due to which the company was provided registration only for Bangalore. However, the company later filed a revised application with the ministry following which the registration was made pan-India.

The ministry has also revised the permitted areas of operation of permanent registration  holders Jharkhand-based Sanghvi Digital Network and Pune-based Satellite Cable Communication. The areas of operation of Sanghvi Digital Network has been revised to entire Jharkhand under Phase III and IV while that of Satellite Cable Communication has been revised to Phase II, III, and IV areas in Maharashtra.

Earlier, the ministry had revised GTPL Hathway’s provisional registration to pan-India except few cities that fall under Phase II of digital addressable system (DAS). It had granted pan-India registration to GTPL Hathway on a provisional basis.

The registration excludes Hyderabad, Faridabad, Srinagar, Bangalore, Mysore, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Coimbatore, Agra, Allahabad, Ghaziabad, Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Varanasi, and Chandigarh.

The MSO was earlier granted provisional registration on 30 July 2012 for the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Assam and Jharkhand.

The ministry had also handed out 20 new provisional MSO licences, taking the total number of provisional registrations to 146 as on 20 August. Of these, three MSOs, namely C32 Cable Net, Reachnet Cable Services and Classic Digital Network, had received pan-India registration.

The ministry had also granted two new permanent MSO registrations to take the total permanent registration to 229 as on 20 August.



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