The steep growth in the Satellite-based communication services
as well as newly emerging services in this area require substantial private
sector participation. This is consistent with the liberalisation in telecom
sector as well as the global trends in this area.
Based on the overall frame-work for the satellite
communications policy approved by the Union Cabinet in June 1997, the detailed
procedures for implementation have been worked out with the involvement of the
concerned Ministries/Departments. The norms, guidelines and procedures fall
under three categories, namely,
Use of INSAT capacity by non-governmental agencies;
Establishment and operation of Indian Satellite Systems;
Use of foreign satellites for SatCom Services.
Establishment and Operation of Indian Satellites:
Indian registered companies with a foreign investment not exceeding 74% will be
allowed to establish and operate satellite systems. Those who have got the
operating licence for specific services from respective Ministries /
Departments are eligible to apply. Applications will be processed for approval
by an inter-Ministerial Committee chaired by DOS. The WPC Wing of the Ministry
of Communications will represent the orbit-spectrum requirements of the private
Indian satellites in international fora.
Usage of INSAT Capacity by non-governmental agencies:
INSAT capacity will continue to be allocated to Department of
Telecommunications, Doordarshan and All India Radio through INSAT Co-ordination
Committee (ICC). In addition, ICC will also earmark certain INSAT capacity for
non-government users. This additional capacity will be provided to
non-governmental users by the Department of Space (DOS) on a commercial basis.
Use of Foreign Satellites:
In the interest of early introduction/expansion of services, use of foreign
satellites will be allowed in special cases until such capacity can be provided
by Indian satellites. The concerned administrative departments will consult DOS
before authorising operations through foreign satellites.