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Six new MSOs get MIB permission

MUMBAI: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has granted permanent registration to six new multi-system operators (MSOs), prominent among them being DEN Satellite Network for Maharashtra.

As of 22 September, the total number of MSOs who have been granted permanent registration has gone up to 121.

The ministry has also granted registration to Operator Digital Tamil Nadu, VK Digital Network, Saga Entertainment Network, Talacher TV Home Cable Network, and Voice & Vision Club.

Coimbatore-based Operator Digital Tamil Nadu has registration for Phases II, III and IV in Tamil Nadu.

Chennai-based VK Digital Network has got registration for areas falling within Phases I, II, III, and IV.

Madurai-based Saga Entertainment Network has got registration to operate in the whole of Tamil Nadu.

Odisha’s Angul-based Talacher TV Home Cable Network has got registration for Angul and Dhenkanal district.

Madhya Pradesh Singrauli-based Voice & Vision Club has got registration for Phase III and IV areas of Madhya Pradesh besides Sonebhadra district of Uttar Pradesh.

With the six new registrations, the number of registrations granted in September has gone up to nine. Earlier, the MIB had granted registration to three new MSOs, namely Khammam-based Sri Sai Star TV Services, Adilabad-based Abhilash Communications and Mumbai-based JPR Channel.

The MIB has cancelled provisional registration of Kolkata-based Pearl Digital Cable due to non-operation and case closed. Pearl was granted registration to operate in DAS-notified areas of Kolkatta, Nadia, Howrah, 24 Parganas and Murshidabad in West Bengal.

The registration of 21 MSOs have been cancelled so far including prominent ones like Jagjit Kohli-promoted Digicable, Kalanithi Maran-promoted Kal Cables, Pune-based Intermedia Cable Communications (ICC), Amritsar-based Godfather Communication and Digicable’s Kolkata joint venture DigiCablecomm Services.

Of the five MSOs named above, all except Digicable have got stay orders on the MIB order. The registrations were cancelled due to denial of security clearance by the Union home ministry.