Casbaa forum to debate on tax issues facing foreign satellite companies

NEW DELHI: The recent ruling by the Delhi High Court on tax payments for foreign satellite operators operating over India has focused urgent attention on the dynamic satellite broadcasting industry and will be one of the subjects to be taken up at the Casbaa India Satellite Industry Forum scheduled for 22 March at the Shangri-La Hotel, New Delhi.

Non-domestic satellite operators have been forced to deal with tax litigation in India for more than a decade, and the meet will discuss how this decision will affect the satellite sector in India and its potential ramifications.
“Along with the ‘back haul’ (long distance delivery) of hundreds of satellite TV channels into India and with DTH homes now topping an estimated 35 million connections, India’s satellite market is growing at an astounding rate,” said Casbaa CEO Simon Twiston Davies. “However, in order to facilitate continued expansion, it is of great importance to examine the pressing issues affecting the business and that is where the Casbaa India Satellite Industry Forum can play a vital role.”

Covering critical items such as bandwidth limitations, content monetisation and the impact of the newest mobile broadband and cable technologies, the Casbaa India Satellite Industry Forum will gather both domestic and international business leaders and officials to debate the challenges facing the industry today and tomorrow.

Among confirmed speakers are George Elias (Principal Advisor – Broadcast & Policy, Trai), Rajiv Anand (Executive Director, PwC), Vikram Chandra (CEO, NDTV Convergence), Sunil Lulla (CEO, Times Television Network), Tarun Katial (CEO, Reliance Broadcast Network), Joy Chakraborthy (Chief Revenue Officer, Zee), Terry Bleakley (VP, AP Sales, Intelsat), Raj Malik (SVP of Sales, ABS) and Ravi Mansukhani (MD & CEO, IndusInd Media & Communication).

“The strength of this annual Casbaa Forum is its powerful line-up of industry experts who bring clarity into a market that can be both dynamic and mystifying at the same time,” added Mr. Davies.

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