The United States has expressed concern over Indian rules over the provision of satellite capacity saying the system lacks transparency.
“A lack of transparency in the rules governing the provision of satellite capacity in these countries ( China and India ) is also a concern”, US trade representative Ron Kirk said.
He added China and India both generally require that foreign satellite capacity be sold through an intermediary-ChinaDBSat or the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), respectively.
These comments were made by Kirk in his report where he said experts have expressed concern that India and Mexico require mobile satellite operators to install local gateways as a condition for providing satellite services into their territories.
Mobile satellite services (MSS) refers to networks of communications satellites intended for use with mobile and portable wireless telephones. The report named ’1377 Review’ addresses several general themes-fixed and mobile call termination rates in El Salvador, Jamaica, Japan, Peru, and Tonga; problems with major suppliers in Australia, China, Germany, India, Mexico, and Singapore.
It also addresses issues affecting the telecommunications equipment trade in Brazil , China , European Union , India , Indonesia , Korea , Malaysia , Mexico , and Thailand and other issues including frequency allocation in Costa Rica and transparency in China .
“Commenters consider these requirements burdensome and unnecessary from a technical standpoint to address the security concerns these countries have raised. USTR will continue to raise the commenters concerns with China , India and Mexico regarding these issues,” the report said. US has urged the Trai to allow for a full vetting of issues through public consultations.