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ISRO to improve Transponder Allocation Norms

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has planned to revisit the SatCom Policy 2000...

Jul 17, 2013 15:11 IST
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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has planned to revisit the SatCom Policy 2000 to improve the guidelines related to allocation and pricing of satellite transponders for public and non-government users. A revisit to the allocation norms has been increasingly felt in recent years as ISRO’s user groups have far outgrown, both in public and private sector.

By improving the guidelines of SatCom Policy 2000, ISRO will be able to allocate to different users by percentages and charge, for capacity on its INSAT/GSAT satellites in a much more rational way than present procedure.

From the 2007 onwards, the space agency was surprised by the increased demand of commercial DTH, high-definition (HD) TV broadcasters and VSAT operators.

ISRO is the sole provider of transponders for broadcasters and other public and private users of space applications in the country.

About INSAT Coordination Committee (ICC)
• The ICC allocates satellite transponders to user groups depending on their availability and urgency of use.
• INSAT Co-ordination Committee (ICC) chaired by Department of Space Secretary was constituted by Government of India on 2 November 1977 for the co-ordination and monitoring of the implementation of the INSAT-1 system and for planning future developments.
• The committee includes Secretaries of the departments of I&B, Telecom, IT, Science & Technology, Economic Affairs, Defence, Planning Commission and a representative of the Telecom Regulatory Authority.

What is Transponder?
Transponders are wireless communications device usually attached to a satellite. A transponder receives and transmits radio signals at a prescribed frequency range. After receiving the signal a transponder will at the same time broadcast the signal at a different frequency.

The term is a combination of the words transmitter and responder. Transponders are used in satellite communications and in location, identification and navigation systems.

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