The govt has taken a myopic view
Studies including Network Magazine's Infrastructure Strategies showed that
the popularity of the VSAT was showing a steady decline. However, the recent
recommendations TRAI made to the government offered hope to the VSAT industry.
Partho Banerjee, President and Managing Director, Hughes Escorts Networks LTd
speaks to Deepali Gupta.
Do you think the VSAT is already on its road to extinction?
In the past, VSAT's were seen as plain-vanilla connectivity options - a reliable
alternative to the costly, unreliable terrestrial links. Today however, they
run many a mission critical applications and it's this robust, scalable, cost
effective and dynamic nature of VSAT's that will allow it to service customers
for many years to come.
What does IPoS mean to an
Internet Protocol over Satellite (IPoS) has three principle
- It is extensively field proven
- It takes advantage of current state of the art technology
that allows for the development of the lowest cost satellite terminals
- It the only standard with demonstrated scalability
to a large number of users
IPoS would enable an enterprise to use any application over
its satellite network knowing it will not have any performance issue, use an
open technology that can inter-operate with other open technologies and to get
the highest performance per rupee of investment or expense.
To what extent will the exclusion of Hardware sale profits
while assessing license fee help the VSAT industry?
This will simplify the accounting of VSAT licensees. Today the hardware is sold
through a non-licensed company and hence the valuation of the licensee suffers
as income and profits are split. Customers also prefer to deal with one entity
for hardware supply and services - instead of multiple entities for hardware
supply, bandwidth service and maintenance services.
What is your reaction to the government's recent rejection
to open skies?
The recommendations made by TRAI in its broadband report was aimed at building
momentum in the somewhat stagnant internet market - and make internet and broadband
more accessible to consumers and the industry by offering greater applications
and services to customers. However, we feel that the government has taken a
very myopic view and are confident that with persuasion from the industry the
government will indeed give VSAT industry its due.