Space dept wants DoT to reserve spectrum for satellite service

The Department of Space (DoS) wants the government to reserve part of spectrum in the 2.5 GHz frequency band, being used for wireless broadband, for providing satellite services.

DoS want the government to reserve 150 MHz of airwaves in the new National Telecom Policy, which is being formulated.

The portions of spectrum include those that are left with the government after the auction for wireless broadband services in May 2010, where the winner of the bids had to pay over Rs 12,800 crore for 20 Mhz across the country.

Under the new NTP being formulated, the government has proposed to make available adequate spectrum in the bands of 450 MHz, 700 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1910 MHz, 2.1 GHz, 2.3 GHz, 2.5 GHz, 3.5 GHz as well as those that have been identified by ITU for commercial mobile services.

In a letter to the Department of Telecom (DoT), DoS secretary K Radhakrishnan has asked it to exclude "the bands 2500-2535 Mhz, 2555-2635 Mhz and 2655-2690 Mhz", where the NTP proposes to make available 2.5/2.6 Mhz band for commercial mobile services.

Radhakrishnan said the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is in the process of realising a broadband satellite GSAT-11, which aims at providing connectivity to mainland as well as island regions. Hence, the Space Department and ISRO want DoT to include satellite based broadband promotion in the new telecom policy.

"In section... Objectives...the following may be included: Promotion of satellite based broadband solution wherever terrestrial solutions are not feasible." he said.

DoS also asked DoT to incorporate promotion of satellite based connectivity solutions for islands, remote regions and disaster management.

NTP is expected to be finalised in April.

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