April 2017


On 29th March 2017, the TRAI released its Recommendations on "Sharing of Infrastructure in Television Broadcasting Distribution Sector." India has more than 125 Million TV households, providing daily entertainment to more than 625 million Indians, through 60,000 LCOs, 1130 MSOs, 7 DTH Platforms, HITS platforms & 899 TV channels.

The objective is to ease policy & facilitate voluntary sharing of infrastructure in TV broadcast distribution. This will enhance capacities, reduced CAPEX & OPEX, lower entry barriers & optimally utilise scarce & expensive transponder capacities.

DAS MSOs Can Operate From Shared Headends


The salient recommendations are:

1. The Central Government should encourage voluntary sharing of infrastructure, wherever technically feasible.

2. Voluntary sharing of MSO Headends & transport streams used for CATV distribution, should be permitted.

3. Remove the MSO registration condition 'having an independent digital Headend of his own and provide digital addressable cable services from his head-end.'

4. MSOs should be permitted to voluntarily use HITS transport streams.

DTH Platforms Can Share Downlinked Content

5. To ensure efficient use of scarce satellite resources, voluntary sharing of DTH transport streams of TV channels, should be allowed, with prior written intimation to MIB and TRAI.

6. TV channel distributors should be permitted to share the common hardware for their Subscriber Management Systems applications and Conditional Access Systems applications.

7. While sharing infrastructure with another distributor of TV channels, the responsibility of compliance to the relevant Acts/ rules/ license etc. will continue to be of each distributor.

Action is now awaited from the MIB in changing the existing regulations, to enable voluntary sharing of infrastructure.