BIF - INTRODUCTION AND CURRENT ACTIVITIES
Broadband India Forum (BIF) works exclusively to enhance the potential of the entire ecosystem to deliver broadband across the whole of India. We seek to be a thought leader and a credible and effective voice of the Indian broadband industry to help propel the nation to achieve the ambitious vision of our Honorable Prime Minister of creating a Digital India. To achieve this, BIF works to promote the rapid development of affordable and high speed broadband throughout the country on a technology-neutral basis through the development of the entire broadband eco-system. The Forum’s membership comes from all parts of the eco-system, including Technology Providers, Telecom Operators, Internet Service Providers, Cable TV Operators, Value-Added Service Providers and seasoned Industry professionals who are familiar with different technologies, operations, regulationsand policies.
The Forum’s senior leadership team includes renowned and respected professionals from both Industry and Government. Mr. Shyamal Ghosh, Former Secretary-Telecom & IT and first Administrator of the USO Fund is the Chairman Emeritus of the Broadband India Forum. Mr. M. F. Farooqui, IAS (Retd.) and immediate past Secretary-Telecom, Government of India is the current Chairman and Mr. T. V. Ramachandran, former DG, COAI and former Resident Director (Regulatory Affairs & Government Relations), Vodafone India is the President of the Forum. The other notable leaders who lend their knowledge and acumen to BIF include Mr. Vimal Wakhlu, CMD, TCIL; Mr. T. R. Dua, DG, TAIPA both of whom are the Forum’s current Vice Presidents. Mr. S. N. Gupta, seasoned technocrat and senior luminary who has worked with the Governmentof India in the Department of Telecommunications and as a Senior Adviser to TRAI (Regulator) is the Treasurer. In addition, the organisation is proud to have Mr. Kuldip Singh, former CMD, MTNL and Member, TDSAT, and Mr. P. K. Garg, former Wireless Adviser, as Honorary Principal Advisers to BIF.
The Forum’s goal is to steer, guide and assist on a technology-neutral basis the Government policies and regulatory functions that will significantly improve the availability as well as uptake of ubiquitous broadband services in the entire country so that India can take its rightful position of pride in the global broadband arena.
We have been working towards the promotion of an "Open Skies Policy", Satcom liberalization and ushering in new and innovative Satcom reforms. We believe that this will help foster the much needed Satcom revolution in India through the upcoming National Space / SatcomPolicy.
ACTIVITIES IN SATCOM
Digital India and Make in India are Government supported efforts to define roadmaps for investments and create local jobs. In the same way, Broadband India Forum seeks to bring together policy makers and the well developed and rapidly innovating Satcom industry to promote investment and job growth. If adeptly managed and deployed, we believe the Forum can provide substantial impetus to the Bharat Net program beyond its current mandate. There is also the potential to develop and to launch India's own Satellite dedicated to serving the need of its Broadband customers in rural communities.
Satellite connections allow emergency machine-to-machine applications and emergency road services for motorists. Satellites can also support connected-car technologies such as anti-fatigue devices which will help reduce accidents, and systems that monitor drivers’ vital functions and alerts them to potential highway risks. Such driver assistance and safety systems will let the car take over driving during traffic jams and on the highway, thereby ensuing safe driving. Satellites can also provide on-board entertainment services on cars, trains, public transport and airplanes at a fraction of the cost of alternate technologies and in a very reliable manner.
The latest innovations in Satellite technology also support low-cost entertainment for rural masses in India. Instead of broadcasting live pictures in real time, Satellites allow providers to download content and multicast songs, movies, news clips, information, education lessons, land records and other files and cache them in edge storage devices via Wi-Fi hotspots to handheld devices The Forum is engaged in dialogue with all the relevant stakeholders including the Department of Space, Department of Telecom, TRAI, MIB, MHA and others to achieve its objectives of enhancing the role of Satcom for Digital India.
Below are links to three articles on promoting reforms in Satcom Policy by BIF President, Mr. T. V. Ramachandran which have been published in leading business dailies.
1. Digital India needs reforms in satellite communications
2. The great gig in the sky
3. Satellite Communications can drive the broadband revolution