ISRO to increase transponder capacity for DTH operators


Fay Sutton

| 13 August 2015

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is to increase satellite transponder capacity in India so that direct-to-home (DTH) operators currently using foreign satellites will be able to migrate to the Indian National Satellite (INSAT) system.

The satellite space crunch is due to the demand for 3D content, HD TV channels, and the growth of DTH operators throughout the country.

Space Department Minister Jitenda Singh told the Indian parliament that ISRO had put forward a proposal for pricing of satellite transponders for public and non-government users. This will be sent for consultation by ministers before being put to the cabinet for approval.

The INSAT system is one of the largest domestic communication satellite systems in the Asia-Pacific region.