Over the past few months, there has been a sudden rise in the interest of satellite communications in India. Recently, some telcos asked for a share in the 27.5 Ghz – 29.5 Ghz frequency, which globally is earmarked for Space communications (Spacecom). Space communication is an electronic communication package placed in an orbit. Its prime objective is to initiate or assist through space. It has made a major contribution to the pattern of international communication.
The Department of Space recently released a draft Spacecom Policy 2020, along with the draft Norms, Guidelines and Procedures for the implementation of the Spacecom Policy, also known as ‘Spacecom NGP’ 2020. This blogpost highlights our comments to these draft policy documents, highlighting some unaddressed areas. We have submitted these comments to the Department of Space.
In line with its mandate to open up the space sector for private players, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has released the draft of a new Spacecom Policy 2020 to govern the commercial use of orbital slots, satellites, and ground stations for communication needs. The policy details how private players can get authorisation for setting up new communication satellites and ground stations.
Allowing private players in the space communication sector will also enable India to keep pace with the growing demand for satellite-based broadcasting, network connectivity, and global mobile personal communication. This will also establish India as a significant player in the global space communication sector, the document states.
The policy will allow only Indian entities to seek authorisation for orbital slots for new satellites, services based on existing satellites and setting up new ground stations. However, any company sending a communication satellite in space will also be liable for any damages to other objects in space and the environment.