An Overview of Uplinking/Downlinking Channels Permission in India
Uplink refers to a method of streaming electronic messages to the satellite via a communication channel. On the contrary, downlinking is referred to as a communication channel utilized to receive electronic messages from the satellite. The permit cum authorization is required for performing such an operation in India. Ministry of information and broadcasting reserves the power to grant uplinking/downlinking permission in India.
Conditions to be fulfilled for Uplinking and Downlinking
Every broadcaster in India has to undergo an authorization process before uplinking or downlinking the TV channels. This need has been raised to a significant level owing to the evolving broadcasting technology, changing market dynamics, and expedited operational development. Realizing this, the Indian Government rolled out the Uplinking and downlinking Policy Guidelines, 2011.
The guidelines provide for the systematic registration for uplinking and downlinking of TV channels via the Broadcast Seva Website.
The broadcaster should keep the following requirements in mind before proceeding with registration.
Given the above requirements, the broadcasters are required to file the three applications before commencing uplinking and downlinking operations.
Who can avail of uplinking downlinking permission?
Uplinking criteria to be fulfilled by the applicant
Downlinking criteria to be fulfilled by the applicant
The following are the eligibility requirement for downlinking:
- The applicant firm must be a registered one.
- The applicant firm should meet the given net worth requirement:
- The overseas funding (FDI) in the registered entity or LLP should not deviate from the FDI policy.
- The applicant should disclose the details of the working director(s).
- The applicant should not have any past record of disqualification
- The downlinked channel must have the required license from the relevant authority or broadcaster in the nation of transmission
Documents to be arranged for uplinking downlinking permission
Process for securing uplinking downlinking permission
Follow the given steps to secure uplinking downlinking permission from the authority concerned
Step 1: Arrange the mandatory documents
Gathering the required documents as mentioned above is the step in this process. Make sure that all the documents are in pristine condition to avoid any future hassle.
Step 2: File the prescribed application
In this step, you are required to file the prescribed application. The application can be filed online. Make sure to fill out the application with legit information or else it will encounter cancellation. Once you are done with the filing requirement, head over to the payment gateway for fee submission.
Step 3: Application Vetting
After application submission, the authority will perform the extension verification of the same along with the attested paperwork. Upon finding severe errors in the application or paperwork, the authority may revoke the request for uplinking or downlinking authorization.
Note: it is worth noting that the authority will vet the application against several grounds, including financial stability, legal adherence, and technical competency.
Step 4: Grant of letter of intent and fee submission
After finding no issues with the application and the paperwork, the authority will grant the letter of intent. In response, the applicant is required to furnish the standard fee for the first years along with the performance bank guarantee.
Note: Grant of letter of intent enables the applicant to perform Uplinking and downlinking operations for the subsequent five years. Further, the applicant is also required to submit annual fees for continuing the operation during the validity tenure.
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