London, 22 December 2023.- The Global Satellite Operators Association (GSOA) announced on the 20th of December that they are welcoming the introduction of the Telecom Bill in the Indian Parliament. They have emphasised that the chapter on spectrum assignment for space-based services is a major step forward in recognising and leveraging the full potential of satellite communications. It will foster innovation, bring increased connectivity to India’s citizens and advance the country’s digital transformation.
The Telecoms Bill’s approach is a forward-looking initiative moving towards aligning India’s satellite industry with long-standing global standards and best practices. This approach aims to ensure appropriate distribution of satellite-based services, but also enables the industry to continue innovating, investing, and working towards universal connectivity, while fostering a level playing field for all players.
“Satellite is one of the most exciting and dynamic industry sectors today, with an increasingly innovative landscape”, said Isabelle Mauro, Director General of GSOA. “We are very appreciative of the Ministry’s dialogue with industry and efforts to understanding and incorporating industry’s perspectives in the new Bill. We look forward to continuing our dialogue with the government to ensure that the power of satellite communications is fully leveraged, to bring a connected future that delivers growth and prosperity to the en1re population of India.”
By having the policy and spectrum assignment process in place it is hoped that it will open up investment opportunities in India. This could enable satellite communication services to effectively ensure connectivity in far-flung villages, bridging the digital divide and supporting the implementation of government’s programs such as Digital India.