Reliance Jio Media applies for pan-India license, over 200 others in queue for phase III of DAS

NEW DELHI: Reliance Jio Media, a subsidiary of Reliance Jio Infocomm, has applied for a pan India cable television multi system operator (MSO) license as part of its step to enter the broadcast distribution sector.


Confirming this to, an Information and Broadcasting Ministry official said that around 200 MSOs are in the queue for phase III of digital addressable system (DAS) license at present. Following the recent extension in date for registration of MSOs for phase III, the official said it was expected that this number may go up by another 70-80 MSO applicants.


At least 50 per cent of these applicants including Reliance Jio are expected to get clearances by March 2015.


Reliance Jio, the telecom arm of Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Industries, is the only company to have pan-India Broadband Wireless Access spectrum that can be used for 4G services. Reliance Jio has plans to start 4G services across most of the telecom circles by March 2015.


Reliance Industries has already announced that it will launch commercial 4G telecom service of Reliance Jio in 2015 entailing investment of Rs 70,000 crore. It will initially cover about 5,000 towns and cities accounting for over 90 per cent of urban India, as well as over 215,000 villages in India.


The company is focusing on convergence space and has bagged Broadband Wireless Access spectrum in 2010 and Internet Service Provider license was bagged through acquisition of Infotel Broadband Services in 2010.


The company has also showcased a 'Jio Television' that can be delivered through 4G network.


All these services will help Reliance Jio to offer broadband services through wireless media, wireline media and cable TV media thereby focusing on all types of broadband services pan-India.


Reliance Jio in February 2014 acquired airwaves in 1800 MHz band across 14 out of 22 service area in the country. The spectrum in this band can also be used for providing 4G services. The company already holds Unified Licence (UL), which allows it to use any technology to provide telecom services.

Under UL, sources said, Reliance Jio can offer Fiber-To-The-Home services and high speed broadband services to home and enterprise users.

An MSO license will help Reliance Jio to offer cable TV services through optical fiber thereby providing triple play service as done by large MSOs in the country say Hathway, Siti Cable, IN cable, DEN and others.

Latest Reads
Twin conditions ensure broadcasters do not engage in ‘perverse’ pricing: TRAI

Mumbai: The twin conditions introduced in the New Tariff Order (NTO) 2.0 seek to ensure that broadcasters do not engage in “perverse pricing”; that consumers do not get a raw deal; and that choices offered by and to all market participants remain real. Both conditions are important in their own...

Regulators TRAI
TRAI makes recommendations on satellite-based connectivity for low bit-rate applications

New Delhi: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has released the recommendations on "Licensing Framework for Satellite-based connectivity for low bit rate applications" for both commercial and captive usage. The recommendations come after the Department of Telecom (DoT) highlighted a...

Regulators TRAI
NBDA introduces its logo reflecting a new name

Mumbai: The News Broadcasters Association (NBA) recently changed its name to the News Broadcasters and Digital Association (NBDA) to bring within its purview digital media news broadcasters. The broadcasters body on Thursday unveiled its new logo to reflect the name change.

Regulators I&B Ministry
Apurva Chandra appointed as Secretary, I&B ministry

The Union Cabinet on Thursday appointed Apurva Chandra as secretary, ministry of information and broadcasting (I&B).

Regulators I&B Ministry
SC issues notice to TRAI in NTO 2.0 case

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a notice to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on the petitions filed by broadcasters against the Bombay high court judgment upholding the New Tariff Order (NTO) 2.0. The bench of Chief Justice NV Ramana, Justice Surya Kant, and Justice...

Regulators Supreme Court
Bombay HC stays parts of new IT rules

The Bombay high court has granted an interim stay to the implementation of parts of the Information Technology (IT) Rules, 2021 which require that all online publishers follow a "code of ethics" and norms of conduct.

Regulators High Court
News Broadcasters Association rechristens as News Broadcasters & Digital Association

News Broadcasters Association (NBA), the largest body of news broadcasters in the country, has decided to change its present name to 'News Broadcasters & Digital Association' (NBDA). NBA consists of the nation's top-rated news channels and commands more than 80 per cent of news television...

Regulators I&B Ministry
Bombay HC seeks government’s response over stay on IT media rules

The Bombay high court has asked the central government to submit a response as to why an interim stay should not be given to the implementation of the Information Technology (IT) Rules, 2021, as demanded by two petitions.

Regulators High Court
I&B ministry imposes additional penalties for violation of programme code

Mumbai: The minister of information and broadcasting, Anurag Thakur has informed the Rajya Sabha that there have been 37 instances between March 2005 and June 2021 where broadcasters were prohibited the transmission and re-transmission of a channel for a specified time period, or permission to...

Regulators I&B Ministry

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories

* indicates required