TRAI releases clarification on captive VSAT CUG policy issues

TRAI releases clarification on captive VSAT CUG policy issues

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The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Friday released its clarifications/reconsideration of recommendations on captive VSAT CUG policy after the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) referred back some of the recommendations for reconsidered opinion/recommendations.

TRAI has suggested the amount of initial financial bank guarantee to be reduced from Rs 30 Lakhs to Rs 15 Lakhs. For subsequent years, it should be equivalent to the estimated sum payable equivalent to the license fee for two quarters.

It further suggested that the royalty charges should be limited to the charges only for the assigned frequencies. It said that there was no justification for the additional charge of 25% amount as the reuse factor for the number of VSATs more than the number of carriers.

TRAI also suggested creating a single-window procedure to cater to the requirements of applicant/license companies for the entire processes that are involved in obtaining the license, approvals, clearances related to space segment, ground segment, etc in respect of captive VSAT CUG license.

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