Now there is a big change for MSOs, government has given the permission to all registered MSOs that they are free to operate in other areas apart from permitted areas.
MSOs have got the license to operate only in areas specified by them in their applications, unless they have applied for pan-India registration. The big change of the policy is to be focused on at expediting digital addressability of cable television in the country.
There is notice on the I&B Ministry website for the MSOs, if any registered MSO has operationalized the service in any DAS notified areas in any part of the country then it would be treated as having been implemented the service on his part irrespective of the number of the STBs installed by him. That has to be done within the period of 6 months from date of issuance of MSO registration to the Ministry. The license MSOs have to submit the details of Headend, SMS, subscribers list and a self-certificate that he is carrying all the mandatory TV channels. If they are not submitted in the given time period then Ministry may cancel/suspend MSO’s registration.