ITSO Director General Discusses Acquisition of Intelsat and Promotes Satellite Broadband Technology in India

On Thursday the 23rd September 2004, in New Delhi the Director General met with H.E.M. Nripendra Misra, Secretary of the Department of Telecommunication of India.

Washington, D.C., 28 September 2004 - Ahmed Toumi, the Director General of the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO), visited India on 23-24 September 2004. During his visit, Toumi met with Nripendra Misra, the Secretary of the Department of Telecommunication. The two parties discussed recent developments in the satellite industry, including consolidation and the ongoing full acquisition of Intelsat by a consortium of global private equity funds. They particularly emphasized the need for ITSO to carefully monitor these developments and ensure that they positively impact international public telecommunications services.

The Secretary expressed the support of the Indian government to ITSO, and encouraged Toumi to pursue his efforts to promote access to broadband services in developing countries. In this context , the Secretary announced that India will mobilize its R&D and industry to facilitate rapid implementation of the Director Generals Global Broadband Satellite Infrastructure (the GBSI Initiative). The Secretary proposed that the upcoming ITU World Telecommunications Standardization Assembly, to be held in October in Brazil, should establish a work program for the adoption of a global standard for high-speed Internet terminals in order to allow for the mass production of consumer satellite equipment.

Toumi also met with Dr. D.P.S. Seth, a member of the Board of Directors of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), with whom he explored ways to incorporate satellite public service obligations into Indias national regulatory process. They discussed the role that India can play in promoting the GBSI Initiative by contributing to a worldwide harmonization of the regulations governing satellite broadband services.

During his visit, the Director General met with A.K. Sinha, President and CEO of BSNL, the major telecommunications operator in India with more than 50 million lines. Both parties agreed on the key role that satellite technology could play in helping telecommunications operators, like BSNL, provide affordable broadband connections in areas where cable infrastructure does not exist or is not cost-effective. As the representative of one of the worlds largest users of satellite capacity through its INSAT operator, Sinha expressed his active support of the GBSI Initiative.

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