The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has extended the deadlines for receiving stakeholder comments and counter-comments on its discussion paper on the licensing framework for establishing satellite gateways.

TRAI has now sought comments and counter-comments by December 20, 2021 and January 3, 2022 respectively, following requests from stakeholders.

Earlier, TRAI had sought views from industry if a separate licence category is required for setting up satellite earth station gateways. It had set December 13, 2021 and December 27, 2021 as the deadline for comments and counter-comments submission, respectively.

TRAI has also sought suggestions on the operational scope, and associated financial obligations of such a permit, including licence fee, entry fee, bank guarantees and network operation and control centre (NOCC) charges. TRAI has also sought views on ways to assign spectrum for establishing such satellite gateways, and the mechanism for charging a satellite earth station permit-holder for such airwaves.