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DigiCable wins first MSO license for digital cable in metros

Multi system operator DigiCable Networks (India) has been awarded a license from the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to provide digital cable television services in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.

DigiCable has been permitted to operate for ten years, beginning 12 June 2012, according to Indian Television. The company claims to be the first licensee for three of the four mandatory digital addressable system (DAS) areas that comprise the first phase of India's nationwide cable conversion from analogue to digital TV – set to be complete by the end of 2014.

Under the conditions of the licence, the MSO must comply with the amended Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act 1995, and further regulations or directives issued by the regulatory authority or the ministry.

In addition, the MSO must have the capacity to carry the minimum number of TV channels specified by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), and avoid carrying any programming deemed in violation of the Cable Television Networks Rules, 1994.

Finally, the MSO must comply with the central government's foreign investment guidelines and conditions for the cable television sector.

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