India has 833 private TV channels

India has 833 private TV channels

NEW DELHI: The Government has reiterated that it has no proposal to control the number of television channels in the country, pointing out that the number of private television channels at present is 833.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari reminded Parliament that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) had also opined against any cap on the number of channels to be uplinked or downlinked in the country.

However, the government is taking some steps to ease the problems relating to increasing demand on satellite bandwidth. These include leasing transponder capacity from foreign operators to meet the demand, and building and launching additional INSAT/GSAT satellites to augment the transponders capacity in the country.

Earlier this year, it had been revealed that 14 of the 58 space missions to be launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) as a part of 12th Five Year Plan, 2012-17 are linked to communication.

GSAT 10, GSAT 15, GSAT 16, GSAT 17, and GSAT 18 will specifically be communication satellites to augment the INSAT system with C and Ku band Transponders.

GSAT 9 will be a communication satellite to augment the INSAT system with C band transponders.

GSAT 14 and GSAT 11S will be experimental communication satellites, while GSAT 6 and GSAT 6A will be multi-media mobile communication satellites for strategic applications.

The five launch vehicle missions are GSLV ? D5 (Development flight with indigenous cryogenic stage for launching GSAT 14 satellite); GSLV D6 (for launching of GSAT 6 into Geosynchronous transfer orbit); GSLV F09 (for launching of GSAT 9 communication satellite); GSLV ? F11 (for launching of GSAT-6A satellite); and GSLV Mk III D1 (first developmental flight of GSLV Mk III for launching GSAT-19E satellite).

GSAT 7 is a communication satellite for special users, and both GSAT 11 and GSAT Ka are advanced Ka band satellite for VSAT communications. GSAT 19E is a new generation experimental communication satellite.

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