INDIA SATCOM 2016-THE STELLAR EVENT ON SATCOM

Digital India and Make in India are schemes that have the roadmap for not just investments but also for creation of local jobs. Aligned to the same thoughts, Broadband India Forum ( BIF ) brought together the policy makers along with the well developed and rapidly innovating Satcom industry together to deliberate as to how to contribute to increase in FDI to the extent of few Billion Dollars and lead to creation of few hundreds of thousands of jobs and if adeptly managed & deployed could provide substantial impetus to the NOFN (Bharat Net ) program, beyond its current mandate. The stakeholders deliberated amongst other subjects, the potential to develop and to launch India' own satellite dedicated to serve the need of its broadband customers in rural India.

To do this, BIF organised an unique day long seminar titled India Satcom-2016 to focus on " 'Broadband for all using Next Gen Satcom Technologies" on 7th June, 2016. This is the second International summit on Satcom, having conducted one in 2015 as well. The event was extremely well received by all and there was an attendance of over 150 delegates from leading satellite players-national and international besides the Govt, the regulator and the industry .

BIF has been working towards the promotion of " Open Sky policy ", Satcom liberalisation and for ushering in new Satcom reforms including innovations with the belief that this will help enable usher in the much needed Satcom revolution in India through the upcoming National Space Policy.

The outcome of the engagement and dialogue with all the relevant stakeholders including the DOS, DOT, TRAI, and the industry etc in the day long deliberations at the event is captured in the Recommendations below.

SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Allow TSP/VSAT/DTH operators direct access to Foreign/International Satellite Operators
  • Do away with the process of Antrix based mediation for capacity allocation & assignment as it is anti-competitive to procure capacity through a competitor
  • ' Single window ' and Time bound process for all VSAT and DTH operators’ satellite capacity requests/approvals/permissions/licenses within 90 days
  • Foreign Satellite Service Operator will request DOS for approval . If no response is received within 90 days, it would be deemed to be approved.
  • Existing 10Gb capacity over India must be utilised
  • Permission to use Data Multicasting & Caching using Satcom
  • Permission for VNO-DTH & VNO-VSAT for B2C services ( in addition to B2B )
  • Liberalisation & Reforms likely to attract FDI in Satcom
  • Permission to install satellite equipment in cars to provide emergency/disaster recovery services .
  • Streamline Security Norms for all Operators to follow UL security norms
  • Open Sky Policy .
  • Reduction in bandwidth costs and taxation to facilitate Satcom broadband to the masses.

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