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MIB mulls setting up online facility for MSO registration

MUMBAI: The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has said that it will consider setting up facility for online filing of applications for multi-system operator (MSO) registration.

The matter of MSO registration had come up for discussion during the fourth task force meeting on digital addressable system (DAS), chaired by additional secretary JS Mathur.

The ministry said that it may also set up regional units to facilitate registration of MSOs besides extending registration date by four to five weeks.

Many MSOs had requested the ministry to extend the last date of submission of applications for MSO registration for operation in Phase III areas.

After listening to the various suggestions, Mathur conceded that there was a genuine need to extend the application date for MSO registration for operating in DAS-notified areas under Phase III so that smaller MSOs get additional time for registration.

It was agreed that the date would be extended by four to five weeks to avoid any legal issues on account of denial of registration to those MSOs whose applications were received after the earlier due date.

As regards the time taken by Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for security clearance, Mathur informed that the MHA has given the assurance to issue the said clearances within three months from receipt of the MSO application.

He further mentioned that the cut-off date for applying for registration as MSO is fixed so as to ensure that in the ensuing period MSOs get sufficient time to operationalise their networks.

Mathur also informed the members that meetings are being scheduled with MSME/ DeitY/DoT and the representatives of domestic STB manufacturers and CEAMA to discuss the issue of long-term financing to STB manufacturers to make STB manufacturing in India a success story.

He further informed that the MIB is seeking information on STB seeding plans from the MSOs to know their targets and their preparedness to achieve the same.