Top News
news_img Michael Avenatti, lawyer who challenged President Trump, charged with extorting Nike, embezzlement and fraud  ||   news_img Michael Avenatti faces 50 yrs for bank, wire fraud charges  ||   news_img Bluff announcement, bid to match NDA schemes: Arun Jaitley  ||   news_img 10 places you need to eat Hawaiian food on Oahu  ||   news_img Special counsel delivers his brew: Today's Toon  ||   news_img Trump hosts Stanley Cup champion Capitals at White House  ||   news_img Israel retaliates for early-morning surprise rocket attack from Gaza Strip  ||   news_img Govt scores ‘below average’ in nationwide survey  ||   news_img After Mueller report, Senate moves to investigate the Russia probe Trump called an 'illegal takedown'  ||   news_img March Madness: Ranking the Sweet 16 teams based on national title ability  ||   news_img Twitter gives Savannah Guthrie mixed reviews for Sarah Huckabee Sanders 'Today' interview  ||   news_img After Viking cruise ship rescue, passengers concerned about cruising safety  ||   news_img Apple goes big on premium services: Apple TV+ streaming, News+, Arcade and new credit card  ||   news_img No Trump-Russia indictments from Mueller, but that doesn't mean no evidence or danger  ||   news_img 12 defendants in biggest-ever college admissions cheating scandal plead not guilty in Boston court  ||   news_img Apple goes big on premium services: Apple TV+ streaming, News+, Arcade and new credit card  ||   news_img 'We don't want to kill you:' Video shows tense moments in fatal deputy-involved shooting  ||   news_img Madame Tussauds to let people stay overnight  ||   news_img Packers, Bears to open 2019 NFL regular season at Soldier Field  ||   news_img Michael Avenatti, lawyer who challenged President Trump, charged with extorting Nike, embezzlement and fraud  ||            

As data usage grows, government mulls review of satcom policy  4 Months ago

Source:   Times Of India  

NEW DELHI: With an exponential growth in satellite communication (satcom) services in recent years, the Modi government is considering reviewing the satcom policy after over 20 years. As of now, the 1997 policy still guides the sector.

At the Broadband India Forum (BIF) international summit on ‘India Satcom 2018’ here, telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan said, “India has entered the era of a very high growth rate in data consumption. The growth in mobile data usage has increased 15 times. Data is the new asset. As we are witnessing a paradigm change in the satcom sector, India must have ‘fundamental rethink’ on the satcom policy.”

The telecom secretary said that “100 to 200 million living in urban areas are not behind the high growth rate in data consumption, but it is the people living in rural areas who are the driving force behind the exponential growth”. Sundararajan said in an era of 5G and Internet of Things (IOT), the demand for communication infrastructure “far from slowing down, will increase exponentially”.

She said the new digital communications policy or new telecom policy, which was approved by the Cabinet on September 26 this year, aims to provide universal broadband connectivity at 50Mbps to every citizen by 2022, create four million additional jobs and likely to enhance the contribution of digital communications sector to 8% of GDP, from current 6%.

Isro chairman K Sivan, who could not attend the summit as he was busy with work related to recently launched Gsat29 communication satellite, hailed the BIF effort for bringing together all stakeholders in the satcom business for reaching a common ground.

Sivan recently told TOI that high throughput communication satellites Gsat-9, Gsat-29, Gsat-11 and Gsat-20 would usher in a new era of high-speed internet and give a big push to the government’s ‘Digital India’ programme. While Gsat-9 and Gsat-29 have been launched, Gsat-11 will be placed in the geo orbit in December first week and Gsat-20 by next year. The four satellites together will provide a 70-100 GB per second data link.

On the sidelines of the summit, T V Ramachandran, president, Broadband India Forum, in an exclusive interview with TOI, told about the expectations of the industry from the new satcom policy. He said, “We are looking for a greater role for the private sector in the new policy. There should be a joint maximisation of potential by private and public players.”

On pricing, the BIF president said, “All the players in the satcom business see a scope for the government to bring down satellite bandwidth cost.” On fibre network, he said, “Unlike western countries which are heavily wired up, fibre connectivity in our country is poor. It is the need of the hour to connect far-flung areas like northeastern states. Potential is enormous. Even overseas players are keen to come in and take up the job.”

On Isro’s launch priorities, he said, “I agree with Dr Sivan’s views that the nation’s priority for satellite requirements comes first. However, there should be concurrent activities on satellite launches meant for fulfilling the country’s needs and launches meant for commercial purpose.”

On the new telecom policy called new digital communications policy, the BIF president said, “It is a brilliant policy. telecom is passe. We have to think of voice and data. Digital telecom policy reflects those priority. We now have to think digital.”
More News
About Us Terms & Conditions Disclaimer
Advertise Contact
register and win

NRIS.COM is one of the premier NRI website that provides a range of resourceful services to Indian expats residing in the USA. Visiting the site you will find comprehensive information related to restaurants, casinos, pubs, temples, carpool, movies, education, real estate, and forums. The simple and easy to navigate format allows NRIs to gain information within a fraction of a second. Moreover, advertising through its column of Indian free classifieds in USA allow businesses to improve visibility of their brand.

National NRI's Chat (0 Users Online)