Shin Satellite-VSNL to offer joint services in Mumbai, Delhi from July

Thai communication major Shin Satellite has signed an agreement with Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited (VSNL) to provide and promote a Joint Satellite TV Transmission Service on the Thaicom 3 space platform.

The services would be implemented from July this year from Mumbai and New Delhi and will later be further extended to other cities. The entire bouquet of 30 + channels of Indian origin on Thaicom 3 currently uplinked out of its own facilities in Thailand will start relocating in India to ensure that channels on Thaicom will be in a position to uplink live programming and news directly from India without incurring added backhaul expenses.

VSNL will also start providing iPSTAR services and total international connectivity in India which would be enabled with Shin Satellite setting up an iPSTAR gateway in Mumbai in the fourth quarter 2002. The agreement between the two telecom majors establishes a framework for distributing Shin Satellite's iPSTAR satellite broadband and International Private Leased Circuit (IPLC) services in India, according to an official release. The IPLC service will allow customers to lease a virtual line directly from their rooftops to an international connection, bypassing domestic terrestrial congestion in the process, the release adds.

The iPSTAR system is expected to be three to five times cheaper than equivalent systems, and offers much higher bandwidth cost savings, it says.

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