World Telecom Day
Broadband India Forum (BIF) on 16 May 2017 lauded Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for launching the Regional Communication Satellite for South Asia - GSAT 9 to fulfill the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
BIF also pointed out that the ISRO's step highlights the great possibilities of modernised Satcom for connecting and delivering broadband in the country. Future new applications and new markets would require at least 100x more capacity than current applications. These applications are Broadband for train commuters, Broadband for planes commuters, Mobile Backhauling for 4G/5G, Smart Cities, M2M Emergency services to reduce car accidents and causalities, Broadband for maritime, Low Cost entertainment distribution, Autonomous Cars software upgrades or updates, etc" Avi Gutgold, Chairman of the Satcom Committee of BIF, said during a function organised to celebrate the World Telecom and Information Society Day 2017 on 17 May 2017.
- Use of Satellite for providing internet services is perhaps the only way to cover the entire country. Its importance of meeting the objectives of Digital India and for providing 'Broadband to All' by 2020 cannot be overstated".
- While India through our own Department of Space and ISRO has made rapid strides in the areas of manufacture and launch of indigenous satellites and launch vehicles for satellites.
- As per ITU, India ranks at a lowly 131 in Fixed Broadband and 155 in Mobile Broadband out of 187 countries. Moreover there is a large Urban Rural Digital Divide. Since Terrestrial Broadband being expensive and difficult to roll out, the only option to provide broadband in rural/semi-urban areas is via Satellite. Hence the inevitability of Satcom broadband cannot be disputed.
- India needs to urgently optimize the involvement of the expert institutions, DoT and TRAI, in this aspect as clearly envisaged by the National Telecom Policy as amended from time to time, the power and authority of these institutions being derived from both The Telegraph Act, 1885 and the TRAI Act, 1997 as amended in 2000.