in carriage services for Broadcasting, Telecom
it is possible to provide broadcasting `carriage services"
using either telecommunication networks or broadcasting
networks, uniformity has been proposed in respect of companies
providing carriage services (except cable services). For
the same reason, uniformity is necessary in the method of
calculation of direct foreign investment, in
companies operating in the telecom and broadcasting sectors.
changes in other sectors of broadcasting
the government decided not to change the present limit for
head-end-in-the sky broadcasting service of 74 per cent
also said the limit of 49 per cent under the automatic route
will continue for cable networks or MSOs not undertaking
up-gradation of networks towards digitisation and addressability.
there will be no change in the existing limit for uplinking
News & Current Affairs TV channels / FM
Radio or Non-News & Current Affairs TV Channels
/ Down-linking of TV Channels. The existing limit is 26
per cent foreign investment under the government approval
fixed for Mobile TV
it was decided that FDI in mobile television, for which
there was no specific dispensation, will be permitted up
to 74 per cent.
up to 49 per cent in all these services will be under the
automatic route and for stakes beyond that, approval of
Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) will be required.
access to foreign investment is expected to expand the reach
of broadcasting services, thereby improving accessibility
of these services, and bring in international best practices.
The proposal will make the foreign investment policy for
the broadcasting sector consistent with that of the telecom
sector, because of the convergence of technologies involved
in these two sectors, and thereby bring in greater investments
into quality infrastructure for the broadcasting carriage
changes are in keeping with recommendations made by the
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.
of long-standing demand
is in acceptance of a long-standing demand by stakeholders
and even the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai)
and Parliamentary Committees which saw no reason for discrimination
between broadcasting and telecom sectors in the age of convergence.
investment in companies engaged in these services will be
subject to sectoral and security conditionalities and guidelines,
as may be specified from time to time, by the concerned
had earlier recommended different foreign investment limits
for companies engaged in providing `carriage` and `content`
services. It had also stressed the need for a holistic review
of the extant Foreign Investment limits for companies operating
in different segments of the broadcasting sector, in order
to bring about consistency in the policy, as also to promote
a level playing field between competing technologies, in
view of the convergence of technologies across the telecommunication
and broadcasting sectors.