Three initiatives have been launched by Manoj Sinha, Minister of State for Communications, including satellite phone service of BSNL, Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Sanchar Kaushal Vikas Pratisthan Scheme and Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Telecom Skill Excellence Award Scheme.
BSNL’s Satellite Phone Service: Key Facts
- The satellite phone service of BSNL provided through International Mobile Satellite Organization (INMARSAT) will be offered to government agencies initially and will be opened for other citizen later in a phased manner.
- The service will cover areas that have no phone networks. INMARSAT, British satellite Telecommunications Company, will provide the service to those no network areas through its 14 satellites.
- Government agencies handling disasters, Railways, State Police, Border Security Force (BSF), along with other government agencies will be offered the satellite phone service initially.
- The satellite phone service will also be provided to people traveling in flights and ships, in the subsequent phases.
In the first phase, the ministry will impart satellite phone service training to about 10,000 citizens from 10 States/Union Territories, under Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Sanchar Kaushal Vikas Pratisthan Scheme. The first phase of the service will benefit states like Odisha, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab.
Apart from this, the Indian Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has also planned to launch over one thousand Sanchar Kaushal Vikas Pratisthan in coming years. Besides this, the ministry has also launched “Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Telecom Skill Excellence Award” which will recognize talents and achievers in the Indian Telecom sector.
The call rates for satellite phone service will be determined by BSNL, which are expected to be in the range of Rs. 30-35 per minute. A country can have a total of 1,532 authorized satellite phone connections. Majority of these satellite phone connections operated within the country are generally used by their security forces.