DoT eliminates network operations and control center fees for all telecom license holders

To facilitate business operations, the Department of Telecom has eliminated network operation and control center fees for the use of space segments for all services such as VSAT, satellite telephony, etc. for which permits are issued by the Department. The DoT used to charge Rs. 21 lakh per transponder per year for 36MHz spectrum on a pro rata basis as NOCC fees.

Also, the department levied NOCC fees of Rs 6,000 for each antenna attempt used to receive and transmit signals.

“No NOCC fees will be charged for use of the space segment for all DoT licensees for commercial and proprietary VSAT services, GMPCS (satellite telephone service), NLD (national long-distance calls) and other telecommunications licensees with unitary license or standalone license. This order is effective April 2022,” DoT said in a May 6 order.

The Network Operations Control Center was created under the DoT to control transmissions from the ground segment (satellite earth stations) along with the Department of Space’s main control facility to manage the operations of satellites in orbit.

ISPA Director-General of Satellite Industry Ashok Bhatt said that the DoT modified the Unified License to allow for satellite-based IoT services, land mobility services and the elimination of NOCC surveillance fees.

“We believe these progressive policy moves are in the right direction and demonstrate the government’s commitment to supporting the growth of digital communications by harnessing the potential and capabilities of the satellite communications industry. We also thank TRAI for their vision, support and positive recommendations for the growing space sector,” said Bhatt.

He said the industry hopes this measure is just the beginning and the first of many reform measures for the sector.

“We also look forward to the continued support of the Department of Space and INSPACe to make India’s space sector an attractive investment destination,” said Bhatt. DoT eliminates network operations and control center fees for all telecom license holders

Ryan Sederquist

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