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NEW DELHI: The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is working to streamline the licensing process for launching satellite services in the country, a DoT official said.

OneWeb, backed by Bharti, SpaceX billionaire Elon Musk and Tata-Telesat are in the race to launch their satellite communications services (satcom) in India.

“We are also addressing the simplification of their customs clearance procedures so that deployment takes minimum time,” Suneel Kumar Niraniyan, DDG (Satellite), DoT, said at a Satcom Industry Association-India (SIA- India). .

Niraniyan listed measures the government has taken to boost telecommunications, such as streamlining bank guarantees and defining Adjusted Gross Income (AGR), as well as satellite connectivity for telecommunications networks.

He added that further steps will be taken to improve the addressable market for satellite services.

He called on the satellite industry to become more involved in consultation processes to improve the sector’s regulatory processes.

Niraniyan previously said the department was at an advanced stage of finalizing the industry regulator’s recommendations on narrowband and low-throughput applications.

Starlink India, along with Tata-Telesat, have already applied for a trial license from the DoT to run their services with a limited number of users.

Starlink India, which intends to apply for a commercial license in India by Jan.31, 2022, recently suffered a setback after the Communications Ministry banned Starlink from seeking pre-bookings for its internet service from there. ‘space because it does not have a local license. .

Following the ministry’s missive, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) also asked SpaceX’s satellite broadband arm not to “solicit any telecommunications companies or collect related charges” for its upcoming services. flow from space in India without the necessary permissions. .

TRAI recently launched a consultation to streamline processes in the broadcasting and telecommunications industries.

In addition, the government has established an umbrella committee made up of representatives from the Ministry of Space, the Telecom Engineering Center (TEC) and others, to facilitate one-stop authorization for satcom-related issues.

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