Satcom and geospatial imagery deregulation in India: It’s hard to be optimistic

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Will the Covid-19 pandemic trigger the long-awaited reform to India’s satellite sector, breaking the national space agency’s monopoly position and stimulating demand growth?

Don’t count on it, several experts said. The reason: The government has given no incentive for the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), now but industry’s regulator and competitor in providing satellite services, to change — despite the pandemic’s demonstration of the importance of rural and village broadband as many people worked from home.

“I am not overly . . .

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