December 2014

URGENT PHASE III MSO APPLICATION DEADLINE: 21 DECEMBER 2014



In early November, The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting abruptly declared that all applicants who want to set up a Digital Headend in DAS Phase 3 Areas, must submit their DAS MSO license applications before 21st December 2014. This unprecedented move effectively slams the door shut on new DAS III digital Headends, more than 1 year prior to the DAS III deadline of 31st December 2015.

Observers speculate that the move was initiated by large MSOs, as it is distinctly tilted against smaller, local players who plan to set up new DAS Headends. Such players usually require more time to plan and roundup finances, and forge local alliances. It remains to be seen if the new I&B Minister, Mr Arun Jaitley will reverse this inexplicable move.



NOTICE BY THE I&B MINISTRY

Phase III of Cable TV Digitization is to be completed by 31st December 2015 in remaining Municipal Corporations and Municipalities.

In case you are interested in distributing Digital Cable TV services through Local Cable Operators (LCOs) in areas covered under Phase III, apply for Multi System Operators (MSO) Registration latest by 21st December 2014.


HOW TO APPLY:

i) Application in Form 6 (in triplicate) duly filled in and complete in all respects, along with enclosures/documents and processing fee etc., may be submitted to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, addressing the same to
The Secretary,
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting,
"A" Wing, Shastri Bhawan,
New Delhi- 110001.

ii). Details of the Company/firm, Directors/key Executives and shareholding pattern etc in the prescribed Proforma.

iii). Application can also be submitted in person during Open House Meeting held on every Tuesday between 11 AM to 12 noon after sending request by email at das.mib@gmail.com or sobpandl@gmail.com.

iv) The application form (Form 6) and Proforma for details of Company etc can be downloaded from Ministry's official websites: www.mib.nic.in or www.digitalindiamib.com.

Notes:

(i) Applications received after 21st December 2014 shall not be accepted/entertained for Phase III areas till cut-off date of Phase III is over.

(ii) Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

(iii) In case of any query in this regard, please email at das.mib@gmail.com or contact Section Officer (DAS) on telephone no. 011-23381478. n