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Indian Telecom Seeks to Buy Satcom Bandwidth Direct from Foreign Firms

Source – The Hindu:

BSNL, ISRO spar over satellite bandwidth

Telecom firm seeks Govt nod to buy transponders directly from foreign players

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd has sought Government permission to buy satellite bandwidth directly from foreign players on grounds that the Indian Space Research Organisation was unable to give additional capacity on transponders of its choice.

In a letter to the Department of Telecom, the State-run telecom company said that any delay in giving satellite bandwidth could jeopardise communication links in far flung areas, especially Andaman & Nicobar Islands. BSNL was earlier operating on INSAT-3E satellite but this satellite was decommissioned on April 3. BSNL had 322 MHz capacity on this satellite but ISRO has allotted only 201 MHz, the company said.

“We have requested ISRO to allow three C-band transponders. Antrix Corporation has informed that C-band capacity is available for use in some of the foreign satellites, but the price range indicated is 5 times that of INSAT,” BSNL said in the letter. . . . [Full Story]