The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has abolished ‘Network Operation and Control Centre’ (NOCC) charges for the telecom services licensees for the use of space segment. Accordingly, there shall be no NOCC charges for use of space segment for all DoT licensees for commercial/captive very small aperture terminal (VSAT) services, Global Mobile Personal Communication by Satellite (GMPCS), National Long Distance (NLD) and other telecom licensees having unified license/standalone license.

This order has come into effect from April 1, 2022.

Earlier, as NOCC charges, the department had imposed Rs 2.1 million per transponder per annum for 36 megahertz (MHz) of the spectrum on a pro-rata basis. Also, it levied NOCC charges amounting to Rs 6,000 for every trial of antenna that is used for receiving and transmitting signals.

Commenting on the development, Lt. Gen. AK Bhatt, DG, Indian Space Association, said, “We heartily welcome DoT amending the unified license to allow satellite based internet of things (IoT) services, land mobility services and also the removal of NOCC monitoring charges.   We believe that these progressive policy steps are in the right direction and showcase the government’s commitment in supporting the growth of digital communication by leveraging the potential and capability of satellite communication industry.  We also thank TRAI for their vision, support and positive recommendations for the growing space sector. We are hopeful that it is just the beginning and the first of many reform measures for the sector in line with the vision of the Hon’ble Prime Minister to grow the Indian Space Industry.  We also look forward to the continued support of the Department of Space and INSPACe to make India’s space sector an attractive investment destination.”