May 2017

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Q: I am a LCO in Goa. I would like to know if we can still apply for a fresh DAS license, for Phase-4? What is the procedure?

Thank you.

Mr Anthony Dias, Cable Operator, Goa.
by E-mail.

ANS: Yes of course, you can apply for a new DAS MSO licence. Anyone can apply for a new DAS licence, for operating anywhere in India, even after the analog switch off date of 31st March, 2017.

New digital cable TV Headends can & will continue to be established in the years ahead for which new licences will be required.

The application procedure for a digital headend licence is exactly the same for Phases 1, 2, 3 or 4.

The digital headend licence application form is available on the website of the Ministry for Information & Broadcasting (MIB).

Our website ( also conveniently provides the following forms on our Home Page (Right Hand Side, middle of home page)


♣ DAS License Applicant Declaration Form

♣ DAS License LCO Application Form

♣ DAS License MSO Application Form

♣ DAS MSO List

You need to complete the application form and submit it to the MIB along with an application fee of Rs. 1,00,000.

We have also carried these details in our magazine. Please refer to our back issues.


Q: I have been reading the mention of Linear TV in the press recently. What is 'Linear TV'?

Pramod Sule, By E-mail.

ANS: Linear TV is an umbrella term for real time television transmissions. All satellite TV channels are 'linear TV'.

Some DTH and cable TV networks also offer Video-On-Demand (VOD) movies on a pay-per-view basis. these programs or movies can be watched at any time convenient to the consumer. Such content is 'Non-Linear' TV. Other Non-Linear content includes any video or movie available on the internet, that can be viewed at the viewer's convenience.

With 'Non-Linear' TV, the viewer is not constrained by program schedules.

Interestingly, Non-Linear TV is not currently governed by Indian censorship. Currently, only linear TV is subjected to these regulations. OTT (Over- The-Top) players like Hotstar, Amazon Prime Video, Netflix etc. which are delivered via broadband, do not need to adhere to Indian censored content.


Q: I am a LCO of the NXT digital HITS platform. I am getting a RF signal of strength 90 dB from the NXT COPE {Cable Operator Premises Equipment}

I have 16 optical transmitters in my control room. 4 of these are fed from a 4-way splitter. The other transmitters are fed from the (RF) monitor outputs of optical transmitters. As a result, all transmitters do not receive exactly the same RF input signal.

Will this create a problem? How should I solve the problem?

Veer Singh Naruka, By E-mail.

ANS: Usually, Optical transmitters have a range for which it can accept an RF input signal (e.g. 70 dB to 82 dB). The optical transmitters will operate perfectly, over this range of signals. Please check the specifications of the Optical transmitters that you have installed. If the RF inputs to all your transmitters is not the same but within the range specified by the manufacturer, it is OK. You do not need to change anything.


Q: In your February 2017 magazine, you have carried a detailed article "Obtain Your Own ISP License." the article was most helpful, and I now plan to apply for an ISP license. My network is located in a DAS Phase-3 area of Tamil Nadu.

Please advise where I should send the license application.

K. Viswanathan, By WhatsApp

ANS: The ISP license application form is to be purchased or downloaded from the Department Of Telecom (DoT) website.

If the ISP form is purchased, the ISP license processing fee is Rs. 5,000. If the form is downloaded the ISP application fee is Rs. 6,000.

As indicated in the application form, it should be submitted duly completed (with Proof Of Purchase receipt, if applicable), along with the processing fee to:

The Government Of India
Ministry Of Communications
Department Of Telecom (Lr Cell)
Sanchar Bhavan, 20 Ashoka Road,
New Delhi -110 001.


Q: Is there any wireless communication for delivering Cable TV?

Name Unavailable, by WhatsApp.

ANS: MMDS (Multichannel Multipoint Distribution Service) provides wireless Cable TV but it is not permitted in India.

You can also, in theory provide Wireless Broadband IPTV in the de-licensed WiFi band, but the bandwidth requirements would be very large, and several channels cannot be accommodated in the limited WiFi frequency bands. Further, the wireless transmitting power required to cover reasonable area, is far greater than what is permitted without a license.

For all practical purposes, MSOs and LCO cannot practically provide wireless Cable TV in India.

However Mobile phone companies like Jio already provide several hundred TV channels, via 4G wireless broadband streaming, to mobile phones. Their Unified license (Rs. 1,500 Crores for all services) permits this, and their 4G networks have the capabilities & allotted bandwidth to deliver this service.

MSOs just do not have this financial muscle or the infrastructure to roll out a similar service.

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