DoT puts new restriction on purchasing to satellite services network gear in India

DoT issued a new statement providing restrictions on purchasing off telecom gear for satellite service networks in India.

Last week, Elon Musk’s owned Starlink Internet offered for the Indian customers to use high Giga speed satellite-based India starting from the next year 2022.

SpaceX which will complete in the global satellite-based network such as JEFF Bezos Project Kuiper and OneWeb has started offered prepaid internet services pre-order live in India for a fully refundable deposit of $99 (About Rs 7,000).

The Starlink Satellite-based Internet-based services violate any provisions of the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885, The Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1933, India’s Satcom policy, 2000, and the Information Technology (IT), 2000, a senior DoT official told ET.

With new guidelines offered by DoT, National Cyber Security Coordinator (NCSC) will be the designated authority that can impose any conditions for the procurement of telecom equipment manufacturing on the issued related “Defence of India”.

According to new Chapter condition 5.1, chapter 1 the licensor hereby amends the provision and operation of satellite-based services `using gateway installed in India under subgenres” license agreement.

As per new norms, with the effect from June 15, such as satellite service operators will be required to take the permission from NCSC for upgradation of existing networks, utilising the telecom equipment not designed as trusted products.