Nagamanickam I, Director, TCCL, claimed they already have around 10,000 subscribers for their broadband internet service and they will also offer IPTV and other value added services in the near future.Last year, the TN government too launched its 'affordable' broadband service - 'ArasuFibre' - through the state-owned Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation (TACTV).
Currently, BSNL, Airtel, RailTel Corporation, ACT and Hathwayoffer broadband services in the state. TACTV, which received Internet Service Provider (ISP) licence from the Union ministry of communications and IT in 2015, offers the service through cable operators who have signed up with them.
Aound 23,000 operators, out of around 29,000 operators state-wide are with TCCL. The delay in Arasu Cable getting the Digital Addressable System (DAS) licence was another reason for the move. The DAS licence is required for cable operators to provide digital signals, which the ministry of information and broadcasting has made mandatory for MSOs.