Global operators queue up to service spectrum demand
While the move will bring in relief for Indian DTH and VSAT operators, lack of clarity on technical issues threatens to scuttle Isro efforts, sources said. Once selected, the eligible foreign satellite firms will have to quickly move their satellites over India in order to solve the spectrum crunch facing the DTH, VSAT and other users.
“This may involve Isro handing out the slots meant for its own satellites. There may be a security angle involved too because ownership of foreign satellites have changed hands in recent past. How will Isro address this issue,” wondered a senior functionary in the DTH operators association of India.
When contacted, an executive of a foreign satellite firm said: “Yes, we have applied. But with limited capacity and time-frame, there is still no clarity on the matter after GSAT-10 launch.”
Meanwhile, the DTH operators and the VSAT associations have asked the government to modify the existing satellite communication policy so as to allow domestic private operators to directly engage with foreign operators within the framework of the modified policy.
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