Provisional licenses from the Multi-System Operator (MSO) will now be considered as regular. The news has been declared by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) and the licenses will be treated for a period of 10 years.
According to a statement made official by the MIB, “It has been decided by the competent authority that all valid provisional MSO registrations, unless cancelled/suspended subsequently, may be treated as deemed regular registrations for a period of 10 years from the date of issuance of respective provisional registration”.
The difference between provisional and permanent or regular registrations has thus been removed by the ministry. Permanent registrations however need security clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) whilst registrations for provisional licenses are issued on a temporary basis and subject to security clearance from the MHA.
On the other hand, registration found by the MSO to be detrimental to the security of the country, could be cancelled.