The government has granted a licence to Jio Satellite Communications and Bharti Enterprises-owned OneWeb to provide broadband services to end consumers via satellite.
Both companies have secured pan-India internet service provider (ISP) licences, which are essential for delivering internet connectivity to end-users through satellite or mobile networks. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) granted ISP A (national area) and VSAT (very small aperture terminal) licences to OneWeb, while Jio Satellite was granted an ISP licence.
With global mobile personal communication by satellite (GMPCS) and ISP licences, OneWeb and Jio Satellite are now set to commercially roll out satellite-based internet services. However, clarification on satellite spectrum allocation is required before the companies begin their services.