According to Broadband India Forum (BIF), a technology neutral lobby of several tech companies serving satellite and telecom sector that promotes broadband, the Department of Telecom (DoT) and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) need to work together with the Department of Space (DoS) for commercial satellite communications to provide high speed broadband connectivity in remote and rural parts of the country.

The rollout of high speed broadband, especially in rural areas, is largely dependent on BharatNet but the project has been lagging way behind schedule. Technologies such as satellite communication can complement traditional fibre technology, said the forum that has representation from several industries including telecom service providers, technology providers, and satellite & VSAT service providers.

As per TRAI Chairman, RS Sharma, the authorities should free up the market and allow open competition between international and domestic satellite operators. India doesn’ t have enough commercial capacity. All satellites are of ISRO’s which has got 120 satellites, while world number of satellite is 1400, out of which 50 per cent are communication. According to the BIF estimates, there is a direct investment potential of USD 2 billion. If private investment is permitted, the FDI potential could be in the range of USD 2-5 billion by 2025. – Industry Outlook


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