The Government of India, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on 9 September granted permission for the operation of Internet Protocol Television (IPTV). The detailed guidelines relevant in this regard have been issued by the ministry.
Telecom access service providers with a licence to provide triple play services, and internet service providers with over Rs1 billion and permission from the licensor, or any other telecom service provider duly authorized by Department of Telecom, can provide IPTV services under their licence without requiring any further registration. Cable TV operators registered under the Cable Television Network (Regulation) Act, 1995, may also provide IPTV services without any further permission.
Before a telecom licensee or cable operator can provide IPTV services, they are expected to submit a self-certified declaration to the ministry with details of the license or registration under which the IPTV services have been proposed. Information regarding the starting date, the area being covered, and details of the network infrastructure are also necessary.
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Manoj K Singh is the managing partner and Daizy Chawla is an advocate at Singh & Associates, Advocates and Solicitors, a law firm based in New Delhi.