August 2019


Based on requests by readers, the Editorial will now be carried in both Hindi & English.

It is a relief that TRAI has rejected the move to impose a minimum net worth for MSO licenses. The move seemed motivated & questionable. Most deplorable was the All India Digital Cable Federation's (AIDCF) call for a minimum net worth of ₹ 21 Crores for even small MSOs. The AIDFC claims to be "India's apex body for Digital MSOs" & is supposed to represent the interests of all MSO. It has only 11 members - all large MSOs.

The I&B Minister has declared there are no plans to curb vertical & horizontal crossholdings in media. This opens the floodgates for larger mergers - such as Airtel-Dish TV or even Jio-Den-Hathway. Of course, currently Jio, Den & Hathway are 3 separate companies with retail investors owning a fair portion. DEN & Hathway retail investors will have to be bought out to merge the 2 companies with Jio. Until then all 3 companies will operate separate schemes for their LCOs and consumers.

The Reliance AGM on 12th August is expected to declare Jio's GigaFibre broadband plans, bringing to an end more than a year's wait and stagnation by the industry. Once Jio Gigafibre's consumer schemes are known, the industry can gear up to offer packages that are as attractive.

Within the next 5 to 10 years, there will be very little DTH or Cable TV. All TV Channels will be delivered via the Internet. Cable Networks must start delivering Broadband / Internet, to continue business.

The SCaT 2019 Tradeshow (14 to 16 October - Mumbai) will offer many new products and solutions for LCOs and MSOs. Do plan your visit.