Cable TV

Trai issues new consultation paper to regulate monopoly in Cable TV services

Invites written comments from stakeholders by 22 Nov, and counter comments by 6 Dec.

New Delhi: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has released a new consultation paper to regulate the market structure/ competition in Cable TV services across the country.

The issue was initially raised by the ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) in December 2012, when it sought the recommendation of the regulatory body. In its letter to Trai, the ministry highlighted how Cable TV distribution is virtually monopolised by a single entity in some states like Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Orissa, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, and Andhra Pradesh.

According to MIB, it has become necessary to examine whether there is a need to bring in certain reasonable restrictions on Multi-System Operators (MSOs) and Local Cable operators (LCOs), including restricting their area of operation or restricting the subscriber base to prevent monopoly. The Cable TV Act and the Cable TV Rules also do not restrict the number of MSOs/LCOs operating in any specific area.  

After following a due consultation process, Trai issued its recommendations on 26 November 2013. However, Trai has now received a backreference from MIB mentioning therein that a considerable time has passed since the recommendations were made and that the media and entertainment (M&E) landscape has changed drastically, particularly with the advent of new digital technologies in this sector. Technological developments especially IP technology and the increasing use of packet-switched digital communications have made converged services possible.

Therefore, some of the issues need further consideration by the authority and it may provide a fresh set of recommendations in the matter looking at the subsequent developments/expansion in the M&E sector, stated MIB.

The regulatory body has now invited comments from the stakeholders by 22 November. Counter comments, if any, may be submitted by 6 December.

As of September 2021, there are 1733 registered MSOs in the country and approximately 1. 55 lakh cable operators as of March 2021.

Latest Reads
Free Dish grows by 11 per cent across rural, urban households: Chrome DM

Mumbai: Chrome Data Analytics & Media has announced the results for its bi-annual subscriber establishment survey (SES) and released a November report based on a Pan India ground survey conducted between April to June, 2021.

Cable TV Local Cable Operators
Nxtdigital clocks 15.48% revenue growth in H1

Integrated digital platforms company Nxtdigital, the media vertical of the Hinduja Group has reported a 15.48 per cent growth in its consolidated revenues for the half year ending 30 September. The revenue reached Rs 543.42 crore, up from Rs 470.58 crores for the corresponding period of the...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
Siti Networks posts Rs 509 million operating EBITDA in Q2 FY22

Mumbai: Multi-system operator (MSO) Siti Networks has released its consolidated audited financial results for Q2 FY22 ended on 30 September. The company has maintained operating EBITDA at Rs 509 million and its operating EBITDA margin expanded to 13.9 per cent. The company announced the launch of...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
Nxtdigital launches 40 new Nxthubs across India

Mumbai: Integrated digital distribution company Nxtdigital Ltd (NDL) has launched 40 Nxthubs across India and unveiled a value-added app for its last-mile owner (LMO) on Thursday. Following the launch of its pilot in Ranchi, these Nxthubs were electronically launched at an event in Hyderabad across...

Cable TV Local Cable Operators
NTO 2.0: MSOs asks Trai to reject new RIOs published by broadcasters

The Tamil Nadu Digital Cable TV Operators Association has written to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) asking it to reject the new reference interconnection offers (RIO) published by broadcasters. The Association has also sought Trai’s intervention in asking broadcasters to reduce...

Cable TV Local Cable Operators
GTPL Hathway ISP business grew by 50% YoY in Q2 FY22

Mumbai: Digital cable TV and broadband service provider GTPL Hathway’s internet service provider (ISP) business grew by 50 per cent YoY, according to its financial results for Q2 FY2022. The company reported consolidated revenues of Rs 605.2 crore up by four per cent YoY. The company’s paying...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
MCOF demands TRAI resolve pending grievances by 2 October

Mumbai: The Maharashtra Cable Operators' Foundation (MCOF) has written to the chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and minister of information and broadcasting (I&B) Anurag Thakur to resolve pending grievances of local cable operators (LCOs) before 2 October. According...

Cable TV Local Cable Operators
SITI Networks' Q1FY22 Operating EBITDA jumps 33.1% to Rs 537 Mn

SITI Networks, an Essel Group company and multi-system operator (MSO), has released its consolidated audited financial results for Q1FY22 ending June 30.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
NXTDigital revenue up 13.5% in Q1FY22

NXTDigital Ltd, the media vertical of the global Hinduja Group and an integrated digital distribution platform delivering services through digital cable television, HITS (Headend-In-The-Sky) and broadband, continued to leverage innovation and strategy to combat the challenges of the second wave to...

Cable TV Multi System Operators

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories

* indicates required