MUMBAI: The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) granted nine more multi-system operator (MSO) licences in April.


Two Odisha-based MSOs got licences while the remaining registrations were granted to MSOs from West Bengal, Karnataka, Bihar, Gujarat, New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Andaman & Nicobar.


As on 30 April, the total registered MSOs stood at 1,384, with Arasu Cable being the only MSO with a provisional registration.


The MIB had granted 193 MSO licences on 10 March and 20 April. Tamil Nadu government-owned Arasu Cable TV Corporation received provisional registration with the condition that they would digitise their network within three months.


Besides, Arasuís registration is subject to the MIB taking a final call on the Telecom Regulatory Authority of Indiaís (TRAI) recommendations on the entry of government entities in TV broadcasting.




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