The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has granted (pdf) provisional registration of 10 years to 60 multi system operators (MSOs), including Reliance Jio, Madura Cables, Friends Cable Network, under the third phase of Digital Addressable System (DAS), which is expected to be completed by December. MIB has allegedly quickened the process of MSO registration in order to meet the Phase III deadline.
An MSO basically operates multiple cable or direct broadcast satellite TV systems. In May, the MIB added new members to its task force for DAS Phase III and IV. The task force was set up to act as an interface between the government and the industry with respect to DAS implementation in the cable TV sector, analyse digitisation roadblocks and suggest measures for the same.
The MSOs include Bhorer Alo Cable & Broadband, Dausa City Cable Network, FK Cable TV Network, Friends cable Network, Global Chapter, Hindaun City Plus Cable Network, Indian On Demand Service and Bling Ice Network.
Last month, Reliance Industries Limited’s (RIL) telecom & digital arm Reliance Jio received a provisional licence to operate as a pan-India multi-system operator (MSO). Reliance Jio had applied for the license in January this year. Jio planned to use its Fibre to the Home (FTTH) connectivity to offer its prospective customers a number of services, including TV, high speed internet, telephone and wireless connectivity. The license was still subject to approval from the Ministry of Home Affairs.
In April, On demand TV player and interactive advertising platform Lukup Media was looking to expand its over-the-top (OTT) services by acquiring multi-system operator (MSO) and internet service provider (ISP) licenses. These bundled services would let Lukup deliver OTT content with traditional TV and internet.
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