These are more than 2000 cable operators connected to state run MSO Arasu cable in Tamilnadu. In a memorandum to the MSO, representatives of Federation of Cable TV Operators of Tamilnadu have demanded to increase monthly subscription from Rs 70 to Rs 137, which is the TRAI-prescribed minimum tariff for a bouquet of channels, including the free-to-air channels.
The cable operators have pointed out that Arasu Cable was launched with an intention of ending private MSO monopoly, and several local cable operators, who had invested heavily in last-mile infrastructure, were forced to join the government-run business. However, now there are more than one operator working in an area and harming each other’s business which should be stopped.
When contacted, senior Arasu Cable TV officials said it was an unlikely scenario that two people were vying for subscribers with their signals but said such complaints would not be ignored.
In recent times, Arasu Cable TV has issued notices to operators demanding long-pending fees. At the meeting, the cable operators offered to pay the dues for whatever number of connections they had originally declared at the time of subscribing to Arasu Cable TV’s MSO feed. However, they also complained of loss in their business due to extremely lowrates and common areas of operation.