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MIB revises areas of operation of four MSOs in June

MUMBAI: The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has revised the permitted areas of operation of four permanent multi-system operators (MSOs) in June.

Chennai-based Thamizhaga Cable TV Communication’s (TCCL) licence has been revised to pan India except digital addressable system (DAS) Phase I cities of Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. Its earlier area of operation was Phase I, Phase III and IV cities/towns in Chennai. TCCL’s registration is valid up to 2 June 2024.

Madhya Pradesh Ashok Nagar-based SR Digital can operate in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan following the revision of its area of operation. Its earlier area of operation was for the DAS Phase II, III and IV areas in Madhya Pradesh. Its registration is valid until 8 April 2025.

Ujjain-based Surbhi Diginet has been allowed to operate in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Its earlier licence was DAS Phase II, III and IV areas in Madhya Pradesh only. The MSO’s registration is valid up to 19 April 2025.

West Bengal Murshidabad-based Aurangabad Satellite Cable has got its area of operation expanded to West Bengal and Jharkhand. Its earlier area of operation was only for DAS-notified areas in West Bengal. Its registration is valid up to 26 June 2025.

The total permanent licences have remained 235 since January 2016. Excluding the companies whose licence cancellation has been stayed by the courts, the total permanent registration stands at 229.

The last permanent registration was awarded in January to New Delhi-based Eminent Cable Network.

The ministry has been granting provisional registrations to MSO applicants since June 2015 due to delay by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to grant security clearance.

As reported earlier, the ministry has granted provisional licence to 40 MSOs in June. Fastway Media Cable Network has got a pan-India licence.

The total number of provisional registrations to 711 as on 28 June. Along with the permanent registrations, the number of MSO licences stands at 940.

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