The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released a consultation paper on licensing framework for satellite based connectivity for low bit rate applications.

Earlier, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), in its letter dated November 23, 2020, had requested TRAI, to furnish recommendations on licensing framework to enable the provisioning of satellite based low bit-rate applications for both commercial and captive usage. In view of this, DoT has requested TRAI to examine all the factors holistically and recommend enabling provisions under the existing licensing framework of DoT, or new licensing framework may be suggested including the entry fee, license fee, bank guarantee, NOCC charges, spectrum usage charges/ royalty fee, etc. for such services for both commercial and captive usage.

In this regard, TRAI has sought inputs from the stakeholders on the consultation process. The regulator has invited written comments by April 9, 2021 and counter-comments by April 23, 2021.