To increase efficiency in business, the Department of Telecom has removed network operation and control centre charges for the use of space segments for all services such as VSAT, satellite telephony, etc., which are previously levied Rs. 21 lakh per transponder per annum for 36MHz of spectrum on a pro-rata basis. NOCC charges.
The Department has also charged Rs 6,000 for every probe of antenna that is used for receiving and transmitting signals.
"There will be no NOCC charges for the use of space segment for all DoT licensees for commercial and captive VSAT services, GMPCS (satellite phone service), NLD (national long distance) and other telecom licensees with a single license or standalone license. This order will be effective on April 1, 2022," DoT said in an order dated May 6.
The Network Operations Control Center was established under the DoT to monitor ground segment (satellite earth stations) along with the master control facility under the Department of Space to monitor satellite operations.
AK Bhatt, a satellite industry group, said the DoT has amended the Unified License, which allows satellite-based IoT services, land mobility services, and the removal of NOCC monitoring charges.
"We believe these progressive policy steps are in the right direction and demonstrate the government''s commitment to supporting the development of digital communication by exploiting the potential and capacity of the satellite communication industry," said Bhatt.
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He said that the industry is optimistic that this measure will be just the beginning of the project and the first of many reform initiatives.
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"We expect further assistance from the Department of Space and INSPACe to make India''s space sector a strong investment destination," said Bhatt.