Suneel Kumar Niraniyan, DDG (Satellite), DoT.

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Telecommunications is in an advanced stage of finalizing the sector regulator’s recommendations on narrowband and low-speed applications, a senior official said on Wednesday.

“We are working on TRAI’s recommendations for narrowband mobile applications which will have important components of mobility… Broadband India Forum (BIF).

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) submitted its recommendations to the government in August this year to promote the adoption of satellite communications services (satcom).

These recommendations include allowing companies offering IoT satellite connectivity and low-speed services to lease foreign satellite capacity for longer periods, beyond the currently authorized period of 3 to 5 years to provide these services more. affordable in India.

The TRAI has in fact asked the government to publish a list of foreign satellites / satellite systems approved on the basis of a technical and safety assessment, from which service licensees can lease such capacities.

“We thought that the setting up of gateways by the licensee himself can be an obstacle. So we sent a reference to TRAI and on November 15th, TRAI released a consultation document on gateways… we would probably be able to have third party gateways that all operators could share, ”Niraniyan said.

In its recent consultation paper, TRAI asked industry stakeholders if a separate license category was required for the establishment of satellite earth station gateways and asked for suggestions on ‘operational scope’ and financial obligations associated with such a permit.

Thus, a holder or an applicant now has the mandate to request authorization in principle from the said committee for the establishment of a new network.

The regulator also wants suggestions on how to allocate spectrum for the establishment of such satellite gateways, and the billing mechanism of a satellite earth station licensee for these waves, among others. This is seen as a decisive step in the formation of a licensing framework for the establishment of satellite gateways in the country by global operators of non-geostationary satellite systems (NGSOs) or service providers. Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites such as OneWeb, SpaceX and Amazon, and Telesat in Canada, which want to launch fast broadband satellite services in India.

“We are also working extensively on the simplification of processes so that the deployment of all services by satellite operators can be accelerated,” said the head of DoT.

The government has set up an umbrella committee made up of representatives from the Ministry of Space, the Telecom Engineering Center (TEC) and others, to facilitate one-stop authorization for satcom-related issues, the secretary said on Monday. of DoT, K Rajaraman.

“At DoT, we are committed to removing obstacles, if any, to deployment so that satellite communication emerges as a viable and preferred solution for providing ‘broadband for all,’ said Niraniyan.

“I believe that satellite communication can help us reach every nook and cranny of the country and reach the excluded people, those who find themselves in difficult terrain, who are in the hills, forests and islands … Satellite communication systems are also ubiquitous and can provide telecommunications and Internet connectivity in inaccessible areas, ”said Vaghela.


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