On 29 September 2011, the Serbian Broadcasting Agency finally issued the first 12 permits for cable broadcast in Serbia to existing cable operators. This represents the implementation of the final stage of the regulation of the Serbian broadcasting sector under the currently applicable Broadcasting Act. To date, a total of 151 cable operators have filed applications for the grant of cable broadcasting permits. The sector has been under-regulated in the sense that operators were generally allowed to broadcast programmes without the respective permits being obtained, up until the moment when the licence issue process finally commences. The Agency has announced that the process of issuing these permits is to be completed by the end of 2011.