May 16th, 2022 6:35 PM 1 COMMENTS

Hughes India President Explains Why Conflict of Spectrum Exists Between Satcom and Telecom Operators

The satellite communications (satcom) service providers and the telecom or terrestrial network service providers (TSPs) have contradicting views when it comes to spectrum auctions. First of all, the satcom sector didn’t want India to hold an auction for allocating airwaves for satellite services. Instead, the satcom players were looking forward to an administrative allocation of spectrum. There is a demand from the satcom sector for reserving frequencies in the mmWave... Read More

May 13th, 2022 8:20 AM 0 COMMENTS

Disney+ Hotstar Benefits from IPL and Prepaid Plan Bundling, Adds 4 Million Users

The globally popular over-the-top (OTT) streaming service, Disney+, known as Disney+ Hotstar in India and some other markets, now has 138 million users so far. Out of the 138 million users of Disney+, 50+ million users are of Disney+ Hotstar. Disney+ Hotstar saw good growth in new user addition on a monthly basis on the back of IPL (Indian Premier League) and bundling with prepaid plans. In the January to... Read More

May 9th, 2022 8:28 AM 0 COMMENTS

DoT Makes Positive Announcement for Satcom and Telecom Sector of India

Amidst the ongoing battle between the telecom sector and the satellite communications (satcom) sector, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has announced a new rule that will favour both sectors. The rule says that the telecom service providers will not have to pay network operation and control centre (NOCC) charges which are levied on the use of space segments for satellite broadband, telephony, etc. The DoT introduced the NOCC regime in... Read More

May 6th, 2022 9:49 AM 0 COMMENTS

Satcom: GSA Asks Indian Govt to Put all Frequencies in 28 GHz for Auction

The UK-based Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) has asked the Indian government to put up all the frequencies in the 24.5 GHz - 28.5 GHz band for auction. According to an ET Telecom report, the body said that satcom (satellite communications) and terrestrial network service providers can co-exist. GSA wrote to K Rajaraman, Secretary of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) saying that it fully supports the recommendations given by the... Read More

April 29th, 2022 2:34 PM 2 COMMENTS

DoT Might Have a Bad News for Telcos Ahead of 5G Spectrum Auction

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) might be considering skipping availing the airwaves in the 28 GHz band in the upcoming spectrum auctions for 5G. If this is true, it would be a big setback for the telecom operators who have invested heavily in their networks to make them 5G ready. 28 GHz band spectrum would be crucial airwaves for when the telcos decide to launch mmWave (millimetre wavelength) 5G services.... Read More

April 28th, 2022 10:09 PM 0 COMMENTS

Satellite Companies Appeal Against Allocation of 28 GHz Spectrum Band for 5G Services

In the new development of events, the space broadband service providers have appealed to the government to prohibit earmarking any airwaves in the 27.5-28.5 GHz frequency range. The airwaves in the 27.5-28.5 GHz frequency range make a huge part of the coveted 28 GHz spectrum band for the 5G mobile services. The service providers have argued that the allotment of these airwaves could kill the country’s budding satellite industry. Let’s... Read More

April 22nd, 2022 8:41 AM 0 COMMENTS

Starlink Signs First In-Flight Wi-Fi Deal

Starlink, a SpaceX owned satellite communications (satcom) company, has signed its first in-flight Wi-Fi deal. JSX, a semi-private jet service, will be purchasing in-flight Wi-Fi service from Starlink. The deal involves 100 aircraft to be equipped with Starlink terminals. The value of the partnership is unknown at the moment. Internet on commercial airlines will be one of the biggest advantages of satellite broadband services. Other satcom companies are also trying... Read More

April 21st, 2022 9:06 PM 0 COMMENTS

DoT Signs First License Agreement for Satellite Broadband With OneWeb

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has just announced that it has signed the first license agreement for satellite broadband services in India with OneWeb. Bharti backed OneWeb will offer broadband internet services via a constellation of low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellites making it the first of a kind broadband service delivery platform in India. OneWeb already had plans to commence services by May 2022 in India. Things seem to be rolling for... Read More

April 21st, 2022 11:33 AM 0 COMMENTS

OneWeb to Launch Satellites from New Space India

OneWeb, a low-earth orbit (LEO) satellite communications (satcom) company in India, has just announced that it has partnered with New Space India Limited to launch satellites starting in 2022 (anticipated time). New Space India Limited is the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). New Space India will ensure that OneWeb stays on track with its goal to build a global constellation of satellites to provide broadband services.... Read More

April 14th, 2022 8:24 AM 1 COMMENTS

Indian Space Association Wants 28 GHz Band to be Reserved for Satcom

The Indian Space Association (ISpA) wants the 28 GHz band spectrum to be reserved and allocated exclusively for satellite communications (satcom) services. The space body has said that airwaves in the 24.25-27.5 GHz band and 3.3-3.67 GHz band, along with low bands, would be a case of oversupply of the spectrum to the telcos. Keeping in line with the global practices, ISpA said that, “the 28 GHz band should be... Read More

April 10th, 2022 2:38 PM 1 COMMENTS

Satcom vs Telecom in India: Whom Should Govt Support? Let’s Talk

The satellite communications (satcom) industry and the telecom industry are at odds about how the government should give spectrum to the communication service providers (CSPs). In 2022, for the first time, the spectrum will also be sought by private satcom players. Thus, the telecom operators aren’t the only ones who will be competing for the scarce airwaves. Satcom companies believe that global practice should be followed, and the spectrum should... Read More

April 8th, 2022 8:53 PM 0 COMMENTS

Telecom Operators Emphasise on Same Service, Same Rules to Thrive

Telecom operators of India have strongly restated the need for the adoption of the same rules and same service for the allocation of spectrum to space broadband providers. They emphasised the fact that any move to award airwaves for free would be arbitrary and it is also necessary for the centre to consider the administrative allocation of the radio waves to the telcos. The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI),... Read More

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