MSOs reveal channel offering, network capacity in each headend
MUMBAI: Leading multi system operators (MSOs) have published the carriage reference interconnect offer (RIO), network capacity fee, the channel carrying capacity and list of channels being offered in different markets.
Among those who have published the information under the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) regulation include Hathway Cable & Datacom, DEN Networks, Siti Networks, IndusInd Media and Communications Ltd (InDigital), GTPL Hathway, and Fastway Transmission.
As per the information published, Hathway has headends across seven locations namely Bengaluru, Bhopal, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Raipur.
The channel carrying capacity of the seven locations are Bengaluru (506), Bhopal (358), Delhi (384), Hyderabad (456), Kolkata (472), Mumbai (447), and Raipur (364).
MSO DEN Networks has 19 headend locations including that of joint ventures and subsidiaries. The headend location and their capacities are Bengaluru (280), Okhal (Haryana- 219, Madhya Pradesh- 231, and Delhi- 290), Shahdara (Rajasthan- 231, Uttar Pradesh- 247, and Uttarakhand- 228), Kolkata (Jharkhand- 242 and West Bengal- 229), Mumbai (Maharashtra- 261), Vadodara (Gujarat, Daman & Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli- 160), Ernakulam (Kerala- 200), and Patna (Bihar- 224).
DEN’s subsidiaries DEN Enjoy Networks (Lucknow), Mansion Cable Network (Meerut), Eminent Cable Network (Varanasi), DEN FK Cable TV Network (Moradabad), DEN Ambey Cable Networks (Kanpur) are offering 247 channels.
DEN Manoranjan Satellite (Pune), DEN Discovery Digital Networks (Nasik), DEN Rajkot City Communication (Rajkot), Libra Cable Network (Faridabad), DEN ABC Cable Network (Ambernath), and DEN Multilink Cable Network (Nasik) have a channel carrying capacity of 325, 281, 334, 219, 218, and 218 respectively.
The MSO stated that it is in the process of introducing 4K transmission and introducing more HD channels which shall further reduce the SD capacity across the network.
Siti Networks provides between 270-358 channels across its 13 headends in Indore, Hyderabad, Kanpur, Noida, Bengaluru, Vadodara, Mumbai, and Nagpur. Bengaluru and Hyderabad have two headends each while Noida has four headends.
The channel carrying capacity and coverage area of each headend is as follows: Indore (Madhya Pradesh- 320), Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh-300), Hyderabad (Odisha- 314), Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh- 289), Noida (Delhi- 358), Noida (Haryana- 312), Noida (Rajasthan- 303), Noida (Uttar Pradesh- 358), Bengaluru (Karnataka- 355), Vadodara (Gujarat- 270), Bengaluru (Kerala- 290), Mumbai (Maharashtra- 350), and Nagpur (350).
GTPL Hathway has four headends in Ahmedabad through it services Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Bihar, Jharkhand, Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Part of Maharashtra. The network capacity of the four headends is 524, 506, 494, and 564. This includes SD and HD channels.
Fastway Transmissions has two headends at Ludhiana and Mathura through which it services Punjab/Himachal/Haryana and Uttar Pradesh/Uttarakhand respectively. The capacity of the two headends is 306 SD/81 HD channels and 287 SD/45 HD channels respectively.
InDigital has headends at 19 locations. The MSO offers between 250 to 414 channels and services. The 19 headends service customers in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat, West Bengal, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Rajasthan.
The carriage RIO is the same for everyone as the carriage has been capped at 20 paise for SD channels and 40 paise for HD channels. Channels that have over 20% average active subscriber base don’t have to pay carriage fee. The carriage fee is calculated as target markets active subscriber base x carriage rate.