The ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) has amounted its total number of provisional registrations to 774 with 37 new temporary multiple system operator (MSO) licenses. The number of MSO licenses has reached 1000 with the issue of two new pan-India licenses. Indore-based Hindi publication Dabang Duniya and Mumbai-based Alfa Cable have been granted pan-India licenses.
Provisional licenses are both for the whole state and particular districts in a state. Most of the registrations have been issued for the digital addressable system (DAS) Phase-III and IV areas in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Maharashtra, Jammu & Kashmir, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, West Bengal, Meghalaya, Telangana, and Uttar Pradesh.
Two applications involving 21st Century Cable Network (Andhra Pradesh, Guntur-based) and Travancore Entertainment Network (Kerala, Ernakulam-based) have been closed for being incomplete. Permanent permission has not been granted since the beginning of this year. The total number remains untouched at 229 while the total MSO licenses have reached 1003.