Companies providing satellite connectivity services through gateway set-up in India will have to install network equipment, as recommended by the government, reports an Indian news agency. Currently, BSNL alone has installed a satellite gateway through which it provides satellite-based communication services to authorized agencies like security forces, oil companies, etc. The new norms suggest that the National Cyber Security Coordinator (NCSC) will be the designated authority that can impose conditions for the procurement of telecom equipment on the grounds of “Defence of India” or matters directly related to national security.
Last month, the Department of Telecom (DoT) had announced similar restrictions on telecom operators as well as Internet service providers. “In pursuance of condition 5.1, chapter 1 the licensor hereby amends the provision and operation of satellite based services using gateway installed in India under ‘sui-generis’ licence agreement,” DoT said in the amendment to the licence agreement for procurement of telecom equipment. The new norms will come into effect from June 15 this year.