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November 2018

MIB TO RESTART ISSUE OF DAS MSO LICENSES



For the past 19 months, the I&B ministry has not issued a Single DAS MSO license! This is in complete contradiction to the MIB's stated mission to improve Digitisation roll-out. An RTI query revealed that 91 DAS applications were pending, each with an application fee of ₹ 1 Lakh.

Apparently, the Ministry of Home affairs had stopped issuing its clearance for any DAS MSO license.

A press report in mid-October stated that issue of new DAS MSO licenses would restart shortly, and they will be issued without waiting for clearance by the ministry of Home Affairs.






HC DIRECTIVE TO MIB

The move to restart DAS MSO licenses, came after a directive by the Delhi High Court on 21 August 2018 instructing the government to restart issuing licenses at the earliest. The Delhi HC also stated that the ministry can re-examine the policy of granting MSO licence.

Sharma Cable Network had had moved Delhi HC asking that its pending application be processed immediately.

Union of India counsel Anurag Ahluwalia had stated that there are 4 major issues that were being considered. Three of them have been resolved and the resolution of the remaining issue is pending resolution awaiting inputs from TRAI.

In August, the ministry said it was re-examining the policy & action on the pending applications will be taken once the process is completed.

The move should bring much needed Relief to the Cable TV industry, spurring sales of Digital Headend Equipment, immediately.


10 YEAR ALL INDIA LICENSES

In March 2017, the ministry had done away with the practice of issuing provisional registrations. It had further stated all provisional registrations unless cancelled or suspended will henceforth be treated as regular registrations for a period of 10 years. n