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India’s current regulatory framework, which limits direct-to-home (DTH) broadcasters to three-year satellite capacity contracts, hinders the growth of the sector, claims Asian industry body CASBAA.

joe welch casbaa 14 Nov 2017Speaking at India Satcom 2017 in New Delhi, chairman of the regional pay-TV association, Joe Welch, (pictured) said: “The single most crucial measure the Government could take ... would be to create conducive conditions for both the satellite operators and the broadcasters to be able to enter into long-term service agreements.”

“Striking long-term commercial deals in a marketplace that is less Government-constrained would help increase business certainty for all the stakeholders,” he added.

While acknowledging the Indian Government’s moves to ease the regulatory framework for the country’s power and infrastructure sectors, Welch said “the key to ... realisation of the Prime Minister’s vision of taking India up to a top-50 ranking (in ease of doing business) lies in improving business conditions in other sectors of the economy,” specifically for satellite communications and broadcasting.

Satellite services are also important in achieving Prime Minister Modi’s Digital India project, said CASBAA. Satellite services can help deliver broadband connectivity to rural India, where cable or other methods of delivery may pose logistic and financial challenges, Welch said.

CASBAA is also calling for the development of a private sector Indian space industry; the opening of the teleport industry to foreign direct investment; and the establishment of clear timelines and benchmarks for licensing actions by Government agencies.