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MSO clearances finally cross 550 with less than six weeks left for completing Phase III of DAS

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New Delhi: The number of multi system operators has raced to 553 by 24 November from around 470 early this month, as the government races to prepare to meet the deadline of completing the third phase of digital addressable system.

Of these, 230 have got ten-year licences with three provisional licencees getting permanent licences, and a total of 323 (against 246 early this month) getting provisional licences. One temporary licencee was also given permanent licence till 2024 after its area of operation was changed.

Information and Broadcasting Ministry sources said it had still not received any formal communication of the Home Ministry’s decision to do away with security clearances for MSOs, while some had been given provisional licences pending certain formalities relating to shareholders and so on.

According to the list put on the I and B Ministry’s website today, Kal Cables of Chennai and Digi Cable Network Pvt Ltd of Mumbai remain on the cancellation list. Scod 18 Networking Pvt Ltd of Mumbai has also been refused security clearance while SR Cable TV Pvt Ltd of Bangalore has shut down its business.

Two MSOs which had earlier been granted permanent licences were permitted to change their areas of operation.

The new entrants in the permanent licence list include Waltair Entertainment Pvt. Ltd for Phase II in Vishakapatnam; Den Manoranjan Satellite Pvt. Ltd of Pune for Maharashtra; and Seemanchal Digital Network of Purnea for Bihar.  

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