March 2020


After holding back MSO licenses for more than 2 years, the I&B ministry has finally restarted issue of new MSO licenses, bringing much needed relief to the industry.Seven Star has also secured a fresh registration under a separate company called Seven Star Digital Networks. The MSO already has an MSO registration in the name of Seven Star Dot Com.

Four registrations have been granted to MSOs in Maharashtra. These include Seven Star Digital Networks, Maxnet Communication, Barale Cable Network, and DNA Cable and 2 MSOs each from Rajsthan and Telangana have been granted registrations. From Rajasthan, Latiyal TV Club and Siddhi Cable Center have received MSO registrations while from Telangana AG Digital Communications and Jai Maa Vaishnavi Jai Mata Di Star Cable Network have been accorded the registration.

The remaining seven registrations have been granted to MSOs from Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Haryana, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, and Delhi.As of 31st January, the total number of MSO registrations have jumped to 1630. The I&B Ministry has granted licences to 11 multi-system operators (MSOs) between 26th November to 31st December 2019. Of the 11 companies that have received MSO licences, six are proprietorship firms, three are companies while two are partnership firms. Eight of the 11 companies are from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal, and Karnakata while the remaining three are from Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Haryana.

With these new licences, the total number of registered MSOs have increased to 1630.

The top 15 MSOs have an active subscriber base of 52.33 million. Siti Networks, DEN Networks, Hathway Digital, GTPL Hathway, and IndusInd Media and Communications Ltd (IMCL) are the top five MSOs in terms of active subscriber base.

Only 14 MSOs have a subscriber base of 1 million+. There are eight MSOs who have 0.5-1 million subscribers. There are 17 MSOs with a subscriber base of 0.3-0.5 million. The country has ten MSOs with 0.2-0.3 million subscribers. As many as 33 MSOs have a subscriber base of 0.1-0.2 million. Further, more than five hundred such MSOs have a subscriber base less than 2500. n