The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is planning to expand satellite transponder capacity in India. The move is expected to reduce DTH companies’ dependency on foreign satellites.
Currently, five DTH service operators use transponder capacity leased from satellites launched by other countries. ISRO will now increase capacity in indigenous satellites to help DTH operators migrate to the INSAT system
India has 13 INSAT/GSAT satellites in orbit; 11 for communication and two for meteorological studies About 37 Government and about 49 non-Government organisation use in INSAT/GSAT communication satellite systems, reports Indian Television.
Jitenda Singh, Minister of Space Department, has told the Lok Sabha that ISRO has considering adding pricing of satellites transponders for public users.