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Satellite Industry Association Encouraged by Proposed Indian Legislation to Assign Spectrum to Satellite-Based Services by Administrative Process

Washington, D.C., December 19, 2023 – The Satellite Industry Association (SIA) today stated that it is encouraged by the proposed Telecommunications Bill, 2023 in India that specifies an administrative process to assigning spectrum for satellite-based services rather than an auction.  The proposal was tabled for approval in India’s Parliament and included in new draft legislation for the telecommunications sector.  The bill seeks to replace the 138-year old Indian Telegraph Act with an aim to keep pace with the growth of technology.

“SIA is encouraged by the Indian proposal to assign spectrum to satellite-based services via an administrative process, and not via auction” said Tom Stroup, president of the Satellite Industry Association. “This will facilitate the ability of satellite service providers to offer affordable, ubiquitous and reliable services to the billions of unserved customers throughout the globe.”

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SIA is a U.S.-based trade association providing representation of the leading satellite operators, service providers, manufacturers, launch services providers, and ground equipment suppliers. For more than two decades, SIA has advocated on behalf of the U.S. satellite industry on policy, regulatory, and legislative issues affecting the satellite business. For more information, visit

SIA Executive Members include: Amazon; The Boeing Company; Comtech; DIRECTV; EchoStar Corporation; HawkEye 360; Intelsat S.A.; Iridium Communications Inc.; Kratos Defense & Security Solutions; Ligado Networks; Lockheed Martin Corporation; Northrop Grumman; OneWeb; Planet Labs PBC; SES Americom, Inc.; Spire Global Inc.; and Viasat Inc.  SIA Associate Members include: ABS US Corp.; The Aerospace Corporation; Artel, LLC; AST Space Mobile; Astranis Space Technologies Corp.; Eutelsat America Corp.; ExoAnalytic Solutions; Inmarsat, Inc.; Kymeta Corporation; Leonardo; Lynk; Omnispace; OneWeb Technologies; Ovzon; Panasonic Avionics Corporation; Skyloom; Telesat; ULA and XTAR, LLC. SIA Affiliate Members include: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld LLP; AvL Technologies; Digital Locations, Inc.; DLA Piper; EVONA; Genus Group; Globalstar: Hogan Lovells; Integrasys LLC; Keysight Technologies, Inc.; Media Broadcast Satellite; Orange Business; Orbital Research; Peraton; Plexus Corp; SD Government; Sheppard Mullin and Wiley

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