The joint venture companies of multi-system operators (MSO) Hathway Cable and Datacom and Siti Cable have received provisional MSO licences from the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB). Hathway CCN Entertainment, the joint venture company of Hathway in Chhattisgarh has also received provisional licence for the state of Chhattisgarh.
The two registrations are part of the 38 new licences issued by the MIB in May which include two at the Pan-India level. Chennai-based Whitefield Communication and New Delhi-based Star Broadband have received Pan-India licences. Star Broadband earlier had permanent licence for Delhi.
Most of the registrations have been issued for digital addressable system (DAS) Phase III and IV areas in states like Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Odisha, Jammu & Kashmir, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.
The ministry has also revised the areas of operation of two MSOs. Morena Cable Network, whose area of operation was limited to few areas in Madhya Pradesh, has got approval to operate in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.
To recall, the total provisional MSO licences in the country stand at 647 while the permanent registrations are the same at 230, as on 24 May. These exclude the MSOs whose registrations have been revoked even though they have got a stay order against the cancellation.