ETC Networks is setting up a ‘commercial teleport’ and will offer uplinking facilities to Indian channels wanting to set up satellite links from Mumbai. The network has been given permission by the Union information & broadcasting ministry to set up an earth station in Mumbai.
ETC Networks has also applied for a round of clearances from the Wireless Planning Commission and hopes to get the final go-ahead in about three months’ time.
ETC Networks will be investing around Rs 5.5 crore in a 7.5-metre antenna and other uplinking equipment. The company expects to start commercial operations in about seven months time.
Earlier, only the public sector Videsh Sanchar Nigam had the mandate to offer uplinking facilities from its earth stations but with liberalisation in broadcasting, several private Indian operators like Eenadu Television and Jain TV have been permitted to set up earth stations in the private sector. ETC Networks will have the first private earth station in Mumbai.
ETC Networks, which runs two channels in India — ETC and ETC Punjabi — has also tied up with the ethnic channel TV Asia owned by HR Shah. The network is also planning to launch the channel ‘ETC World’ in November in the UK, primarily with music and religious discourses for the large Punjabi-speaking Indian diaspora.
ETC Networks posted a net profit of Rs 2.4 crore for financial ‘00-01 on income of Rs 4.8 crore.