DoT scraps NOCC charges for all telecom licence holders
Department of Telecom earlier levied Rs21 lakh per transponder per annum for 36 megahertz of spectrum on a pro-rata basis as NOCC charges
New Delhi: To enhance ease of doing business (EoDB), the Department of Telecom (DoT) has removed network operation and control centre charges for the use of space segments for all services like VSAT, satellite telephony, etc., for which permits are issued by the department.
The DoT earlier levied Rs21 lakh per transponder per annum for 36 megahertz of spectrum on a pro-rata basis as NOCC charges.
Besides this, the department also levied NOCC charges of Rs6,000 for every trial of antenna that are used for receiving and transmitting signals.
"There shall be no NOCC charges for use of space segment for all DoT licensees for commercial and captive VSAT services, GMPCS (satellite phone service), NLD (national long distance) and other telecom licensees having unified licence or standalone license. This order shall be effective from April 1, 2022," DoT said in an order dated May 6.
The Network Operations Control Center was created under the DoT to control the transmissions from ground segment (satellite earth stations) along with the master control facility under Department of Space to manage the operation of satellites in orbit.