The Summit delved on various issues including the sector’s efforts to deliver connectivity and Broadband to the remote and difficult to access parts of the country, satellite mobility, inflight connectivity, new technologies and innovations, etc. The conference also deliberated on economic potential and ease of doing business issues in Satcom and Broadcasting sector in India to find out the way forward for deployment of Satellite communications technologies. The conference also reflected on drivers for Next Generation Satcom applications and services and satellite broadcasting in a converged era.
A CXO Roundtable with Senior DoT officials was also organized on Nov 20, 2018, which was attended by more than 50 industry professionals. ICRIER made a presentation, which is a preview of an in-depth research study being carried on Tapping the Potential of Satcom Sector for Inclusive Economic Growth. The Event was attended by senior Government dignitaries from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), ISRO, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), C-DOT, BSNL and other leading Government and Private Technology stakeholders including leading industry experts from the satellite communications industry-both within India and abroad.
In her inaugural address Ms Sundararaja said, “The National Digital Communications Policy (NDCP) 2018 seeks to enable the vision of Digital India and realizes the importance of Satcom sector in achieving the Digital dream. Satcom is expected to play an active role in providing high speed broadband access and affordable digital connectivity to the unserved and underserved. The Government is committed to un-locking the potential of the Satcom to provide affordable and accessible broadband everywhere by connecting the unserved and the underserved and thereby help bridge the digital divide.”
Ms. Sundararajan also said that India needs to undertake a fundamental re-think on its SatCom policy in light of emerging requirements led by 5G and IoT among other developments. The policy would need to create a happy balance between autonomy, security and demand for services and a calibrated approach would be required to enable this and therefore bridge the communications deficit. She said that a future roadmap to enable this calls for serious engagement from all stakeholders that would create an ecosystem for significant investments, the potential for which she pegged at US$100 Billion. Lastly Ms. Sundararajan also highlighted that the satellite communications ecosystem was at the cusp of huge change led by new and emerging satellite technologies such as LEO (Low-earth-orbit) and MEO (Medium-earthorbit) systems and India needs to examine how these systems can be brought into India.
Cable Quest was the media partner of the event.