MUMBAI: The Ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) has issued five new MSO (multi-system operator) licences in March. This takes the total MSO count to 158, according to data provided by the MIB till 23 March. Those granted permanent licences include Siti Maurya Cable Network, Sikkim Digital Network, International Cable Network, Sai Star Digital Media, and Maharaja Entertainment. Siti Maurya has got the licence for all districts in Bihar except Madhepura and Arwal. TelevisionPost.com had reported earlier that Siti Maurya has received the ministry of home affairs (MHA) clearance and is set to receive the MSO licence. Sai Star Digital Media has got the licence for Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Surat and Vadodara under Phase II, and all other areas under Phase III and Phase IV. International Cable Network has got the licence for Bhojpur, Buxar and Rohtash. Sikkim Digital Network has got the licence for Gangtok city and Kabi, Phodong, Mangan, Chunthang, Lachen, Lachung, Ranka, Ranipool, 32 Mile, Singtam, Central Pandam, Namthang, Majitar, Rangpo, Duku, Pakyong, Rorathang, Rhenock, Rongli Aritar, Dalapchand, Legship, Geyzing, pelling, Tasiding, Yuksom, Soreng, Dentak, Reshi, Sombaria, Daramdin, Melli, Bermoik, Temi, Tarku, Namchi, Jorethang and Romang in Sikkim. Maharaja Entertainment is the only MSO among the new five new licencees to have received a pan India licence.
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