FE Editorial : Narrowband policy
But the issue goes far beyond one company. At the core is the failure of ISRO to meet its own target of providing 500 transponders during the 11th Plan period (2007-12)—ISRO has only 187 transponders operational right now, including those leased from foreign satellites. According to industry estimates, India needs around 400 transponders to meet the needs of DTH, cable, VSATs and broadband among others. And the demand-supply mismatch is set to get a lot worse with time. As anyone with a broadband connection knows, the need for bandwidth increases in direct proportion to the amount of bandwidth available with new users coming up every day. With 4 lakh megapixels per frame, for instance, you can fit in 4-5 TV channels
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