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    In this article I notice Hughes company...that is the company bought recently by Rupert Murdoch presumeably for its satellite network. So where does he stand in Australia regarding satellite access.

    India is booming market

    The Intelsat spinoff satellite company, the $207m New Skies Satellites NV, sees India contributing 25% of its new business next year, up from 15% currently. "India is one of the fastest growing telecom markets driven by deregulation and we see a lot of business potential for voice, data and even video (direct to home or DTH)", chief executive officer Daniel S. Goldberg said. The company, in which VSNL has a 3% stake, sees the Indian share of its global revenues growing from 5% to 10% in the next 12 months. A few months back, New Skies signed a 10-year $100m contract with Siddhartha Ray-promoted Data Access for capacities on two of the former's satellite, NSS-6 and NSS-703, which operates in the Indian Ocean region. He said New Skies is in talks with other ILD licence holders and ISPs to lease out satellite capacity. NSS-6 has a capacity of about 3 to 4 gigabits per second with 60 transponders. Data Access has already signed up for over 400 megabits per second capacity.

    Vsat to be faster in India

    Indian government has decided to allow very small aperture terminal (V-Sat) service providers to offer bandwidth speeds of up to 512 kilobits per second (kbps) as against 64 kbps at present. V-Sats are antennas that use satellite to send and receive data and voice. It is useful equipment in remote areas where telephone lines cannot be laid. The move will directly benefit the newspaper industry and corporate houses that have offices spread across the country. While the cap on transmission speeds has been lifted, the government is also exploring the possibility of allowing interconnectivity with other networks as long as the closed user group concept is not violated. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has allowed interconnection with other networks for receive-only V-Sat operators. However, it has barred interconnection to other public telecom networks except the internet, which may be permitted for access to content on a case-to-case basis.

    Hughes is the largest Vsat network in India

    India's Hughes Escorts Communications has stated that INFINET has become the largest VSAT network in India crossing more than 1,300 terminals. INFINET is a financial network owned by IDRBT, for which Hughes had provided installation and maintenance capabilities. Hughes is responsible for installing and maintaining the terminals owned by the IDRBT, an autonomous centre for development and research in banking technology, a company release said. "The mandate from IDRBT is a special milestone for Hughes Escorts in India. INFINET is one of the most mission-critical networks in the country," Partho Banerjee, President Hughes Escorts Communications (HECL), quoted saying in the statement.

    Edusat satellite will be ready by '05

    The satellite for enhancing literacy level, EDUSAT, programmed for launch as INSAT-3, will become operational by 2005.EDUSAT will be put into geo-stationary orbit during the third experimental flight of GSLV-3 with the indigenously built cryogenic engine, an official release said. It said preparations were underway for establishment of ground infrastructure and software needed for distance education program as well as for setting up of a satellite-based Education Authority. Meanwhile, the Government has approved the development of advanced version of ISRO's geo-synchronous satellite launch vehicle GSLV MK-III having a capability to launch satellites weighing up to four tonnes. The next generation INSAT-4 series of satellites are planned for launch by the indigenous GSLV during its operational flights in the Tenth Plan period, the release added.

    Regulator moots 50% cut in VSAT license fee

    The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recommended to the Government that very-small aperture terminals (VSAT) users be permitted higher data speed, increasing it from 512 kbps to 2 Mbps. It has recommended lowering of the license fee for captive VSATs by 50 percent. ~The authority has taken note of the fact that new applications, like bulk data transfer for software industry, high-speed back haul links for large customers, in house training using audio visual, will need higher data transmission speed,~ Trai has said. Explaining the rationale for reducing the license fee for captive VSATs, Trai has said, ~The authority has also considered that license fee for captive VSAT services need to be lowered to create a level playing field between commercial VSAT service providers and captive VSAT networks.~ Trai has further noted that the benefits of improvement in satellite technology can be fully utilized for reducing costs if reduction in VSAT antennae size is allowed.

    RPG Satcom may go in for foreign tie-up

    India's RPG Satellite Communications Ltd (RPG Satcom) is on the look-out for a strategic foreign equity partner, said company sources. The tie-up is expected to help the company in its foray into rural connectivity. It has a license to operate shared-hub very small aperture terminal (VSAT) services, based on time division multiple access (TDMA) technology. ~Entry into the rural market is the next logical step for our VSAT business and we are in talks with a US-based telecom company to partner in the venture,~ said RPG Enterprises' IT and Telecom Business Sector president and chief executive Pradipta K Mohapatra. The foreign partner is expected to infuse capital into the company, apart from bringing
    in the latest technology in satellite communication, he said.

    Telenor UK, Estel to supply IP connectivity

    Telenor UK Ltd has formed a strategic alliance with the Estel Communications to supply dedicated IP satellite connectivity for its Internet backbone services from India to Europe and North America. Telenor UK, aided by its Norwegian sister firm, TAIDE, provides the IP trunking solution via the Europe Star 1 satellite, using Telenor UK's Central London teleport, and to North America via Telenor's dedicated optical fiber. The Managing Director of Estel Communications, Raj Hajela said, ~We believe Telenor's solution helps us to further our objectives and serve our customers better. Estel Communications chose Telenor, because it offered a customized technical solution and a reliable service at a cost effective price.~

    Eutelsat to launch W5

    The satellite communications solutions major Eutelsat will by next month launch W5, a satellite on Ku band dedicated to the Indian and Asian markets. The satellite will be operational by January, 2003. The company has applied for landing rights permission from the government. ~We are in the process of getting landing rights for W5. We envisage a large market in India and are targeting channels in the news, regional languages and entertainment genres,~ said Jan Grondrup-Vivanco, regional director, Middle East, Asia and Scandinavia, Eutelsat. Eutelsat is also keen to exploit the direct-to-home (DTH) market in India. There is no transparency in the cable industry and a lot of discrepancies exist in the area covered by the public and the private broadcasters.

    New Skies is bullish on India

    New Skies, Intelsat spin-off Satellite Company, sees India contributing 25 percent of its new business next year, up from the current 15 percent. This will make India its fastest growing market in the world. The company, which has Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited (VSNL) as a 3 percent stakeholder, sees the Indian share of its global revenues growing from 5% to 10% over the next 12 months. Recently, New Skies had signed a 10-year $100-m contract with Data Access for capacities on two New Skies satellites, NSS-703 and NSS-6. New Skies Satellites chief Dan Goldberg said the company was also in talks with other ILD license holders in the country for offering its satellite services. He added that New Skies was also keenly looking at the opening up of DTH services in India and felt that its satellite was well suited for DTH needs.

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