November 2018

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Q: There are rumours that there will soon be a law, banning all overhead Cable TV cables, all over India. I am told that we will all have to remove any overhead Cable TV Cable (Coax or fibre) anywhere in India, before 31st March 2019.

Is this true? Can you please provide details?

By WhatsApp.

ANS: The rumour is not correct.

Permission to allow or an order to remove overhead cables is a matter typically decided by the local municipality (as has happened recently in Bengaluru) or by the local utility company, such as the electric company who's poles are being used.

In Andhra Pradesh, the AP Eastern Power Distribution Company Ltd (APEPDCL) has allowed laying outdoor cables on its utility poles, if a 'Pole Tax' of ₹ 50 per pole per month in municipalities & ₹ 35 per pole per month in corporation areas, is paid.

Overhead wiring is a local issue, and not governed by the I&B ministry or the Central government.

Hence there cannot be a blanket ban; by any Central Govt. agency; for this on an all India basis.

However, several local municipalities have issued instruction to remove overhead cables.


Q: We have been operating 3 local channels on our Cable TV network, for many years. We also provide local news. We have invested in software to give our channels a professional look.

Every year, there is a large religious gathering in our town, which we cover on our local channels. Pilgrims come to our town from many places, including from the USA.

We have received a suggestion to also provide our local channels on the internet so that elderly people living abroad can also see the channel through the internet.

What permissions do we require to also carry our local TV channels on the Internet? Please provide full details. Thank you.

Jatin Shah, Gujarat

ANS: No license or permission is required to live stream your local cable TV channel on the internet, just as currently no license is required to start your own local Cable TV channel.

A license is only required to downlink a TV channel via satellite, either via C Band or DTH (Ku band).

It may be a good idea to start live streaming of content that is likely to attract viewers living abroad. You could earn through ads on such streaming content.

However, it is essential to ensure that you do not carry any pirated content on your local cable TV channel or on its Live stream on the internet.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) monitors video streaming content over the internet & is empowered to block information/ websites/URLs under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000.

The Section 69A permits blocking of sites & content where it is a threat to:

(i) Defence of India

(ii) Sovereignty and Integrity of India

(iii) Security of State

(iv) Foreign relations with foreign states

(v) Public Order

(vi) or for preventing incitement to the commission of any cognizable offence relating to above.


Q: We are an MSO operating in Palghar District, Maharashtra.

We have done most of the broadcaster's audits, both technical & commercial.

We would now like to get our operations audited by BECIL. Can you guide us through the procedure?

Mahendra M Jadhav,
Signet Digital Pvt. Ltd, Palghar.


The Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Limited (BECIL) is a Govt. of India enterprise is a profit making PSE under Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

Management of subscribers, on an addressable digital multi-channel wireline broadcasting systems, has 3 essential elements:

(a) Robust Network up to the EOL (End of Line) on HFC or Coaxial Cable,

(b) Reliable CAS (Conditional Access System) integrated with a computerized SMS (Subscriber Management System) and

(c) A digital Set Top Box conforming to IS 15245.


The BECIL adopts the following methodology for the certification.

1. A roadmap for certification for uniform procedure is issued to the DAS MSO.

2. In the first visit to the Headend, its architecture and strand map are discussed for conformity to IS 13420 Part I (Revised) and good engineering practices. Voids, if any, are identified for rectification by the DAS Headend, in a time frame decided by the DAS MSO.

3. Security of CAS gateway and architecture of SMS are then scrutinized for conformity to minimum conditions listed TRAI Regulation No 4 of 2009.

4. STB management & logistics are studied to ensure that Pay Channels are delivered only to paying subscribers. Procedures for field deployment of STBs and the processing of returns from the field.

5. Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and SMS practices are examined for fulfilment of SLAs (Service Level Agreements).

6. Once conformity to the TRAI Regulation No 4/2009 is deemed complied, a certificate is issued by BECIL, along with an audit report and supporting inspection reports.

7. The duration of certification process depends entirely on responses of the DAS MSO to rectify voids. This entire process takes between 90 days to 6 months.


BECIL provides audit services under 2 categories.

Category 1 audit service charge is ₹ 5 lacs excluding taxes.

Category 2 audit service charge is ₹ 3 lacs excluding taxes.

The above details are based on BECIL's presentation at a SCaT Workshop in the past.

For the current details, scope of work, costs or any audit related queries contact: or

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