By Gireesh Babu
Chennai: With the Centre delaying issuing licence to the Tamil Nadu government-owned Arasu Cable Corporation, cable operators here have decided to launch their own multi system operator (MSO).
Chennai is one of the four metros mandated to implement cable digitisation.
The cable operators, who are planning to invest around Rs 40 crore, said their service through digitisation would start from January 18.
The new MSO — Tamil Nadu Cable Communications — already has 500 operators, said P Shakilan, state president, Thamizhaga Cable TV Operators. The new initiative would be operated through limited liability partnership.
It had placed orders for set-up boxes to Chinese companies. Before February, 350,000 setup boxes would be delivered and by May, 1 million connections would come under our network, he said.
"We (the cable operators) have been in the industry for over 23 years now and it is our survival game. To protect our livelihood, we decided to invest for our future," he said.