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February 2023/02
Thought Leaders for the Satellite Communication Industry in India
SIA-India recommends a balanced approach to spectrum allocation for co-existence of services
DoT is working to free up more spectrum for 5G in the upcoming financial year as per a news article in the ET

This may include frequencies in bands that have never been offered before, including the sub-6 GHz band and the mmWave bands between 37 GHz and 42 GHz. The allocation of spectrum for 5G services in the range of 3.00 GHz to 3.67 GHz poses significant concerns for the broadcasting industry due to C Band segmentation and interference issues.

Interference with C-Band satellite services can have crippling impact on essential services such as tele-education, tele-health, emergency relief services, and India's broadcasting industry. Therefore, a balanced approach to spectrum allocation is imperative to ensure that both services can coexist and thrive in India. This approach should include the use of suitable guard bands, power limits on 5G emitters, and the installation of filters to prevent interference. Increasing the guard band to at least 80-100 MHz is crucial to ensure protection.

To promote investment flow and growth in the broadcasting industry, regulatory certainty is important. A stable regulatory framework can encourage investment in the sector and promote growth.

SIA-India recommends that the DoT committee must take into account the concerns and requirements of all stakeholders involved when determining the quantum of spectrum to be auctioned. This approach will ensure that any decision taken regarding the spectrum auction is balanced and addresses the needs of different industries and services that rely on the use of spectrum.
IAF's New Doctrine: From Air Power to Aerospace Power - The Roadmap Beyond 2022

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has released its new doctrine, entitled "Doctrine of the IAF – Roadmap Beyond 2022," which reflects the IAF's transition from air power to aerospace power. The doctrine provides a common baseline for education and the dissemination of collective thought. It covers topics such as aerospace power and its dynamics, air strategy, and the importance of new technologies such as electronic warfare, cyber, information warfare, hypersonic, directed energy, and artificial intelligence. The IAF aims to evolve as an aerospace power to keep pace with technology and strengthen India's defense and global reach.

The new doctrine covers the evolving aerospace power and the dynamics of the Indian context. It emphasizes the importance of self-reliance and the need for newer technologies. The IAF is positioning itself to dominate from the Malacca Straight to the Gulf of Aden and is working towards favorable asymmetry, with the capability for Anti-Access and Area Denial (AA/AD) increasing. The IAF is conscious of the changing nature of aerospace power and the influence and impact on principles of war, which has been revisited in the new doctrine.
Strategic Symposium and Roundtable discussion on "Industrialization of India's Space capabilities"

Announcing the Strategic Symposium and Roundtable discussion on "Industrialization of India's Space capabilities", a joint initiative by NIAS and SIA-India. The event is scheduled for 10th March 2023 from 0930 Hrs. to 1715 Hrs. at the NIAS, IISC Campus, Bangalore.

The Symposium and Roundtable will bring together national stakeholders of India's space industry ecosystem, including space policymakers, executives from the space ecosystem, lawyers, financiers, military leaders, academics, innovators, and industrialists. The discussions will focus on the national and global space strategy contours of the commercial opportunities and challenges emerging over the next 25 years, the Amrit Kaal.

The discussions will also address the structural fault lines that inhibit the growth of the space sector, and recommend enablers like policy interventions, procurement mechanisms, and civil-military fusion for catalyzing growth and innovation to position India's Space Commerce in the era of Global supply chains amid the Geopolitical Flux against the backdrop of the Indian government's national space sector reforms.

The goal of this exercise is to build awareness of the broad array of recommendations in an outcome document that will be presented to relevant ministries and decision-makers for a direction to the space sector in India. This event is a prelude to the upcoming SIA-India conferences DefSAT 2023 and India Space Congress 2023 where the outcome will be presented and discussed.

NIAS and SIA-India will organize a series of symposiums and roundtable discussions to enhance India's share in the global space economy. The discussions aim to recommend enablers like procurement mechanisms and civil-military fusion for catalysing growth and innovation. The objective is to provide recommendations in an outcome document that will be presented to regulatory bodies and policymakers for the future direction of the space sector in India.
SIA-India Participates in BESEXPO 2023 and Discusses Latest Advancements in Broadcasting and Wireless Communication

SIA-India had the pleasure of participating in the Broadcast Engineering Society (India) EXPO 2023 on Broadcast & Media Technology, held in New Delhi from February 16-18. We were thrilled to showcase our latest offerings and services at this conference and exhibition.

Director General- SIA-India, Mr. Anil Prakash, was a featured speaker on the panel discussion on Spectrum challenges for Broadcasting, which took place on February 17 from 10:45 am to 11:30 am.

During the event, SIA-India's DG, Mr. Anil Prakash was joined by industry experts including Mr. AK Bhatnagar, Former Engineer in Chief at Doordarshan, Mr. Bharat Bhatia, President of the ITU-APT Foundation of India, Ms. Revathi Mannepalli, Joint Wireless Advisor at WPC, Department of Telecommunications (DOT), and Mr. Rajeev Kumar, Director Engineering at Doordarshan. The panel discussion covered topics such as spectrum management, satellite technology, and wireless communication, and was well-received by the audience.

At the BES2023 panel discussion, DG, SIA-India, highlighted the critical need for the government to safeguard vital satellite bands for satellite operators. Specifically, he stressed the importance of protecting the C-Band frequencies that have already been allocated for satellite broadcasting.

Satellite broadcasting is a crucial service that enables the distribution of television and radio programming across large geographical areas, including remote and rural regions. The C-Band has been reserved for satellite communication and broadcasting purposes. There is a need for the government to ensure that the C-Band frequencies are not reallocated or repurposed for other uses that could jeopardize satellite broadcasting services. Doing so could have severe implications for millions of people who rely on satellite broadcasting for access to information and entertainment, particularly in areas where traditional terrestrial broadcasting is not feasible.
Briefing Event for Indian Space Tech Start-ups to Engage with Taiwan Space Sector

The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Satcom Industry Association - India [SIA-India], and Society for Innovation & Entrepreneurship -SINE IIT Bombay are coming together to host a briefing event at Hotel Chancery Pavilion, Bengaluru on March 21st, 2023. The event is part of the "2023 International Spacetech Start-ups Support Program" and is specifically designed to provide Indian space startups with an opportunity to showcase their capabilities and engage with the Taiwanese space sector.

This is a unique opportunity for space tech startups in India to learn more about the program and meet key stakeholders in the Taiwanese space sector. The program is designed to offer support to space tech startups in India, and it is an excellent opportunity to expand their reach and enter the global space industry.

To register please click on the provided link. Kindly fill in the attached form and send it along with a short presentation show-casing the unique capability to [email protected] by February 28th, 2023.

This is an opportunity for space tech startups in India to expand their horizons and engage with the global space industry.
Indian ESG Network Launch Event | March 16th, 2023

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Sia-India is pleased to support the launch of the Indian ESG Network and its inaugural event, the ESG Conclave 2023, which will take place on March 16th at the India Habitat Center. This event marks a significant milestone in the journey towards sustainable development and we invite all our members to attend.

The Indian ESG Network aims to promote and foster the implementation of sustainable practices in businesses across India. The network will be officially launched by the Union Minister during the event, highlighting the importance of ESG practices for the country's future growth and development.
One of the key highlights of the ESG Conclave 2023 will be the presentation of the Indian ESG Network Awards, recognising outstanding contributions made by companies and individuals in sustainable development.

The event will also feature panel discussions and networking opportunities with green economy enthusiasts, providing a platform to explore the opportunities that the green economy has to offer.
As an association partner of the Indian ESG Network, SIA encourages all its members to attend the ESG Conclave 2023 and adopt ESG concepts in their Industry 4.0 journey.

By embracing sustainable practices, businesses can meet regulatory obligations, enhance their reputation, explore new business prospects, and achieve long-term profitability.
We look forward to seeing you at the ESG Conclave 2023 and working towards building a more sustainable future for India.
Capacity-Building Initiative by SIA-India: Spearheading the Development of Skills and Expertise in the Space Sector

In an ongoing effort SIA-India has been taking strides towards enhancing cooperation and capacity-building initiatives between institutes to impart training in various verticals of the space sectors such as space science, climate change impact, health tech, and socio-economic development. To achieve these objectives, SIA-India has collaborated with domestic and international partners, including RIS, Geospatial World, LPU, NIAS, SSERD, USIBC, GVF, SPACETIDE Japan, AICC, and Taiwan Space Industry Development Association to develop training modules.

The association has been focusing on promoting integration between academia and the space industry and establishing national and international collaborations. The initiative is aimed to enhance the indigenous capacity to develop state-of-the-art space technologies and to promote industry focussed academic research in India.
Antyodaya & Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam as guiding principles for India's Space20 Agenda
Subba Rao Pavuluri & Chaitanya Giri
By Dr.Subba Rao Pavuluri, president, SIA-India, and Dr Chaitanya Giri, Advisor, SIA-India and Professor of Environmental and Space Studies, FLAME University.
India's G20 Presidency is taking place at a crucial time when the global economy is facing significant turbulence, geopolitical poly-crisis, and the aftershocks of the ongoing global pandemic. In our world unsure where the turbulence would take it, India's G20 agenda optimistically promotes its innate philosophy of "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam."

The Space Economy Leader's Meeting, or the Space20, is a new initiative within the G20 architecture. First proposed by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), Space20 was initiated during Saudi Arabia's G20 Presidency in 2020. In Space20, the heads of space agencies of G20 member countries discuss space affairs. They are expected to chart the growth of the global space economy. It is understood that the fourth Space20 under India's presidency would promote Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.

India's space program, since its inception, was designed to achieve socio-economic goals. Having eventually developed capacities to accomplish these goals, a government-led effort, India only recently began commercializing its space technologies and services. Such commercialization enables multilateral trade of goods and services, which is the prime driver of the space economy. With India at the helm of the Space20, the country sees a unique opportunity for member nations to collaborate and harness the power of space applications to tackle major global concerns, such as food and water security, public health, climate change impacts, emissions mapping, digital and financial inclusions, disaster vulnerabilities, while also contributing to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Even though the Space20 members hold significant sway regarding the global space economy, the user base and users of space applications must leave no country behind.

India stands in a very advantageous position compared to its more advanced Space20 peers in offering more cost-effective alternative space solutions for non-space-faring countries. But India, thanks to the Make in India, Make for World program, the Production-Linked Incentive Schemes, and vibrant innovation potential, the largest in the world, is in a better position to cost-effectively manufacture satellites, smaller launch vehicles, payloads, sub-systems, and electronics. Furthermore, the vital information technology sector gives India an unparalleled advantage in devising cost-effective, easy-to-deploy downstream applications with governments, businesses, and customers. To bridge this gap, India has a huge opportunity to take a leading role in promoting economic mechanisms that support the development of space competence in developing countries of G20 and beyond and offer support as needed.

Indian politics and sociology believe in and practice ''Antyodaya'' – the welfare of the weakest sections of society. Combined with the apt implementation of a knowledge base, Antyodaya has been instrumental in uplifting millions from our society from lower strata of poverty to now bringing them to the middle class. The space applications generated by ISRO have played an essential role in poverty alleviation. Now, with the space reforms, the government has shared the responsibility of poverty alleviation with the private space sector. That being so, India has scientific and social rationale to promote ''Antyodaya'' in the Space20 agenda-setting. India's Space20 agenda must therefore emphasize providing access to cost-effective and easily deployable space services across nations and improving socio-econo-environmental indicators. Commercial space players can efficiently deliver last-mile tracking and last-mile connectivity through remote sensing, positioning-navigating-timing (PNT) systems, and telecom networks.

For instance, the recent volcanic explosion in Tonga disrupted the telecom connectivity on the island, which slowed assistance. In such disaster scenarios, commercial remote sensing, PNT, and telecom networks can be highly crucial in providing humanitarian aid and on the road to recovery. Space-based Antyodaya also fits well with India's leadership in the Coalition of Disaster Resilient Infrastructure. Apart from disaster resilience, New Delhi can also aim to reduce the digital divide as an agenda for connecting societies and offering services to the back of the beyond.

India's Space20 agenda need not mimic the jargon led by other nations earlier. Its unique position as a bridge between the Global North and Global South gives it great flexibility to be unique, and it should strive to be distinctive.
"An overzealous spectrum allocation to IMT services also impacts "safety of life" in commercial airline operation and it is imperative to safeguard the future of satellite services by increasing the guard band and implementing power limits and filters to prevent interference."

Anil Prakash (Director General- SIA-India)
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