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India Allowing Greater Foreign Investment In Satellites

The Indian government has approved a policy to allow private Indian companies with a foreign equity of less than 74 percent to establish Indian Satellite Systems. These companies can submit their applications for registering their satellite systems to the Committee for Authorizing the establishment and operation of Indian Satellite Systems (CAISS). The authorization to operate the Satellite System and the Orbit spectrum notification/registration will be done by CAISS. However, operating licenses for services to be provided by the Indian Satellite Systems will be issued only by the concerned administrative departments like Department of Telecommunication for telecom services and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for TV/Radio broadcasting. 

Foreign satellites will also allowed to be used in special circumstances for satellite communication services in India. The service licensing departments may allow the use of foreign satellites only in consultation with the Department of Space. If suitable capacity/capability is available in INSAT or Indian Satellite Systems, operations with foreign satellites will not be permitted. 

The Indian National Satellite System (INSAT) capacity will be made available to non-government (private) Indian Service Providers on a commercial basis subject to availability after meeting the government needs. The India Department of Space will allocate INSAT capacity for private users or upon request, build additional capacity into the INSAT system. 

The India Department of Space (DOS) is the administrative ministry in all matters related to satellite systems in India.



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