ONEWEB INDIA SECURES REGULATORY NOD FOR GROUNDBREAKING SATELLITE BROADBAND SERVICES

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"Connecting the Unreachable: OneWeb India Breaks Barriers with Satellite Broadband Revolution"

In a significant milestone, OneWeb India, backed by the Bharti Group, has obtained the essential authorizations from the Indian space regulator, IN-SPACe, to launch Eutelsat OneWeb’s groundbreaking commercial satellite broadband services in the country. This approval makes OneWeb India the pioneer to receive such authorization, marking a pivotal moment in the realm of satellite communication.

The Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre (IN-SPACe) based in Ahmedabad has granted Eutelsat OneWeb the necessary approvals to provision its satellite capacity in India for delivering communication services. This authorization, valid for five years, is contingent upon the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) assigning the spectrum for both gateway and user terminal operations.

IN-SPACe, as the designated agency of the Government of India overseeing space activities, plays a crucial role in regulating and authorizing such endeavors within the country. Highlighting its mission, IN-SPACe stated that OneWeb India is poised to provide internet services to rural, unconnected areas, and territorial waters of India on a 24×7 basis.

Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman of the Bharti Group and Vice-President (Co-Chair) of the Eutelsat Group board, expressed enthusiasm about the development. “Eutelsat OneWeb is ready to deploy as soon as it receives the final spectrum authorization to launch commercial services,” Mittal remarked, emphasizing the company’s commitment to delivering high-speed connectivity even to the most remote locations.

Cyril Dujardin, Co-General Manager of Connectivity at Eutelsat Group, added, “Having completed our LEO constellation last year, we are perfectly placed to deliver this vital connectivity service to businesses across India.” The company has also secured in-principle approval for establishing and operating two gateways in Gujarat and Tamil Nadu, ensuring the provision of high-speed, low-latency internet connectivity once services are rolled out.

OneWeb has already obtained permits for satellite communication services and internet services from the Department of Telecom. The IN-SPACe approval represents the final permit required before the company can commence its groundbreaking services. The next crucial step for OneWeb is obtaining the spectrum necessary for transmitting signals for broadband services directly to customers in India.

Formerly known as OneWeb, Eutelsat OneWeb operates a global constellation comprising 648 satellites orbiting Earth at 1200 km altitude in circular polar orbits, promising an impressive throughput of about 21 Gbps over India. To facilitate this, the Department of Telecom has sought guidance from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on spectrum allocation methodology for satellite communication services.

While TRAI officials have indicated their readiness with recommendations, the issuance is pending the appointment of the regulatory body’s chairperson. The position has been vacant since October 1 after the conclusion of P.D. Vaghela’s tenure in September.

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