India’s Space Policy 2023 has empowered IN-SPACe to act as the sole single-window agency to authorise space activities by both government and private satcom players.
“Most questions in the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India‘s consultation paper explicitly reveal that the intent of the process revolves around auction of satellite spectrum in the critical ‘C,’ ‘Ku’ and ‘Ka’ bands that can derail the ongoing momentum in the satellite sector (and, accordingly,) we seek your intervention on the Trai consultation,” SIA India director general Anil Prakash wrote in a letter to IN-SPACe chairman Pawan Goenka on May 1. ET has seen a copy of the letter.
SIA counts satellite biggies such as US-based Hughes, Luxembourg’s SES, UK’s Inmarsat, Canada’s Telesat, Viasat and Asiasat among its key members.
Last month, Trai had floated a consultation paper seeking views on whether spectrum allotment for space communications should be done via auctions, the administrative route or any other model.