While reacting on TRAI inviting public views for framing licensing norms for satellite-based connectivity for low bit rate applications, SIA-India has showcased stress on streamlining of licensing framework for all satellite-based connectivity applications.
Anil Prakash, Director General, SIA-India, emphasized that regulatory framework needs to be flexible enough to enable satellite service providers and end users to innovate, discover and create new satellite-based IoT and other applications that can be efficiently delivered through low-or high-capacity satellite links, as appropriate.
SIA-India noted that satellites can be used for agriculture and soil, renewable energy, environment, land, water, rural and urban development, power and electricity, transportation, industrial automation, oil and natural gas, military, health, education, amongst others areas.
“Commercial VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) CUG (Closed Users Group) services authorisation permits the provision of data connectivity using VSAT terminals to CUG users. It will allow more private participation and allow the provision of any satellite-based connectivity within any service area,” the association said in a statement.
It said L-band, S-band, C-band, Ku-band, Ka-band and other higher bands should be used to provide satellite-based IoT connectivity.
The regulatory framework will need to accommodate broadband IoT (Internet of Things) applications as each kind of orbit has its own advantages and disadvantages, it said.
SIA-India supported streamlining the licensing framework for all satellite-based connectivity applications, not just low-bit-rate applications, including lower fees and fee structures that would support large scale deployments under various business models.