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Kolkata LMOs in talks with STB and headend vendors

KOLKATA: The last mile owners (LMOs) in Kolkata are gearing up to stake claim on their subscribers. Apart from uniting and setting up their own control room and tie-ups with existing DAS license holders, the LMOs have initiated talks with the STB and headend suppliers and other vendors in India and as well as abroad.

The LMOs have already made an agreement with a DAS license holder, who will levy a minimum price against every set top box (STB). “Recently, more than 150 LMOs signed the deal. And thousands of LMOs from different MSOs are also showing interest to join in this mission,” says a LMO on the condition of anonymity.

“The LMOs have already formed a company as they intend to counter the MSO business. We are also trying to take control over our business,” informs Cable Operators Sangram Committee general secretary Apurba Bhattacharya.

He adds, “It is a survival battle; either we set up our own headend or partner with MSOs. As for the investment, every LMO will put in the amount according to their pockets. In fact, some financiers are also ready to invest in it.” He further explained that the investment would be based on the size of LMO’s network.

Tying up with existing license holders ensures LMOs power of billing to subscribers, distribution of package according to the choice of subscribers, share of carriage fee and ownership of STBs.

There are some DAS license holders who might go ahead and increase their topline and bottomline by strengthening their presence.

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