TRAI releases Recommendations on Entry Level Net-Worth requirement of Multi System Operators in Cable TV Service

Jul 30, 2019 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team


The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on July 22, 2019, has released the Recommendations on Entry Level Net-Worth requirement of Multi System Operators (MSOs) in Cable TV Service.

A Multi System Operator (MSO) is an authorized service provider, providing cable TV services to its subscribers.

However, TRAI issued a detailed Consultation paper on "Entry Level Net Worth for MSOs in Cable TV Services", on April 09, 2019 to seek inputs from the industry stakeholders on relevant issue and subsequently an open house discussion was also held on June 11, 2019 to seek the further views of the stakeholders on various issues.

Based on the comments of the stakeholders received during the consultation process and its own analysis, TRAI has finalized its recommendations on "Entry Level Net Worth requirement for MSO in Cable TV Services". TRAI has noted that the New Regulatory Framework provides an enabling environment for Small and Medium MSOs and up scaling of LCOs to MSO. To highlight the measures that enable small and medium MSOs the TRAI has published a white-paper on 'Benefits of the New Framework for Small MSOs' (https://main.trai.gov.in /sites/ default/files/WhitePaper_23042019.pdf) in April 2019.

After careful consideration the Authority has recommended that, ‘there is no necessity for fixation of a minimum entry level net worth for MSO registration. As at present, any individual, company, corporate firm or LLP that fulfils provisions of the Cable TV Rules may be granted MSO registration.

The full text of the recommendations is available on TRAI's website: www.trai.gov.in.

[Press Release No. 51/2019]


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