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Satellite phones are permitted only with specific permission from the Department of Telecommunications, Government of India. Presently, use of specific type of INMARSAT terminals is only permitted.

Licensing Procedure for Satellite Phones:

  1. Applicant will submit request for No Objection Certificate (NOC) for use of Satellite Phone and Radio Frequency Spectrum uses for such phone in a prescribed application Performa’s of the Department of Telecommunications (DOT) to Technology Functional Area (FA) of the Organising Committee Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi (OC CWG Delhi 2010) for further submission to the DOT(enclosed as Annexure-A and Annexure-1)
  2. DOT will further process the application, NOC and Agreement in principle for grant of licenses intimating frequency and spectrum fee will be issued by the WPC wing and the same will be conveyed to the applicant. After completing necessary formalities/ payments, and obtaining a unique ID from gateway service provider (TATA), a temporary licence will be issued to Applicant for approved Radio Frequency Spectrum.
  3. Applicant will be communicated/ consulted in the situation where requests cannot be accommodated due to any reason by Ministries/ Agencies.

Types of INMARSAT TERMINALS for which No Objection Certificate (NOC) is issued by DOT  


  •  This is successor to INMARSAT-A system, it supports a similar range of services but is cheaper to use because it is based on modern digital communications technology and its digital design makes much better use of satellite power and bandwidth
  •  INMARSAT-B Land Mobile Terminals weighs around 15 kg and antenna size is approximately 1.2 metre x 1.2 metre
  •  VSNL started INMARSAT-B services from 30 November 30 1999 


  • INMARSAT-C Mobile Earth Station (MES) has a small omni-directional antenna, which can be easily mounted on a vehicle or vessel. It supports data speed up to 600 bps and provides terrestrial interfaces with telex, fax, X.25, X.400 and Internet
  • Weighs around 3 to 4 Kg and has an omni-directional antenna of about 25 centimetre height
  • VSNL commenced INMARSAT-C services on 12 November 1993 



  •  INMARSAT-M system offers voice (4.8 kbps), FAX (2.4 kbps) and data (2.4 kbps) services
  •  INMARSAT-M Terminals are lightweight, portable and available for maritime, land mobile and portable versions
  •  Unlike INMARSAT-A Satellite Telephones, INMARSAT-M is a digital system
  •  Land Mobile Terminal weighs about 10 kg and antenna size is approximately 70 cm x 50 cm



  •  This system offers voice (4.8 kbps), FAX (2.4 kbps) and data (2.4 kbps) services
  •  INMARSAT-Mini M Terminals are lightweight, compact and available in brief case version, vehicle mountable version and maritime version
  •  The terminal weighs around 2.5 kg and the antenna size is approximately 30 cm x 30cm
  •  VSNL commenced this service on 30 May 1997  


INMARSAT-Multimedia Mini M (M4)

  •  INMARSAT-Multimedia Mini M (M4) is a hybrid system of INMARSAT-B and INMARSAT-Mini M Systems.
  •  The terminal weighs around 4 kg and the antenna size is approximately 100 cm x 70cm 
  • It supports high-speed voice, fax and circuit switch data services
  • The terminal shall be low cost, lightweight and would be supporting 64 kbps data facility with embedded communication applications