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Register for Uplinking/Downlinking Television Channels

If you’re a broadcaster looking to uplink or downlink satellite television channels in India, you need the approval of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Registrationwala can help guide you to get the license for Uplinking and Downlinking of television channels in a hassle-free manner.

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Uplinking and downlinking process

Step 1
Documentation
Step 2
Application filing
Step 3
Application Assessment
Step 4
Grant of Uplinking/Downlinking permission

What is Uplinking/Downlinking in India?

Uplink refers to a communication channel to transmit messages of electronic nature to a satellite. Downlinking, on the other hand, means the communication channel used to receive the electronic messages coming from the satellite.

If you’re a broadcaster, you have a major need to get authorization to uplink and downlink the satellite television channels. The government of India understands this need. This, alongwith the realization of a fast-evolving broadcasting technology, change in the current market and the operational developments that have paved the way for the growth of broadcast sector, has made our government to come up with Uplinking and downlinking Policy Guidelines, 2011.

As per those guidelines, all the stakeholders who are involved with this industry can come forward and register for uplink and downlink of television channels (primarily news channels) at the Broadcast Seva Website.

There are three aspects of Uplinking and downlinking that you should keep in mind before you apply for registration

  • Setting up a teleporter hub
    • Teleport or teleport hubs are units that broadcasters use to beam their TV channels to the satellite
  • Application for Uplinking
    • Uplinking is the communication channel to transmit messages to the satellite
  • Application for downlinking
    • Downlinking is the communication channel to receive messages from the satellite

Thus, keeping in mind the above three, to register for Uplinking and downlinking, you need to file three applications.

Registrationwala, with the access it has within the government sector, and the technical expertise it possesses within the information broadcasting sector, can help you acquire Uplinking and downlinking license in India.

And all you need to do is pick up the phone and contact us.

Eligibility Criteria for uplinking downlinking permission in India

  • The applicant should be a registered business entity in India.
  • Following are the net worth requirement of that company:
    • For first teleport: INR 3Crore
    • For each additional teleport: INR 1 Crore
    • For first non-news & current affairs TV Channel: INR 5 Crore
    • For each additional non-news and current affairs TV channel: INR 2.5 Crore
    • For first news and current affairs TV channel: INR 20 Crore
    • For each additional news and current affairs TV channel: INE 5 Crore
  • The foreign direct investment in the company or LLP should be as per the FDI policy of the government of India.

Following are the eligibility requirement for the applicant of the Uplinking

  • The applicant should be a registered business entity in India.
  • Following are the net worth requirement of that company:
    • For first teleport: INR 3Crore
    • For each additional teleport: INR 1 Crore
    • For first non-news & current affairs TV Channel: INR 5 Crore
    • For each additional non-news and current affairs TV channel: INR 2.5 Crore
    • For first news and current affairs TV channel: INR 20 Crore
    • For each additional news and current affairs TV channel: INE 5 Crore
  • The foreign direct investment in the company or LLP should be as per the FDI policy of the government of India.
  • The applicant should disclose the application to all the shareholders
  • The applicant must disclose the name of any foreigner employed by it.
  • The applicant company’s operational independence, control over its resources should be competent. It should also possess the financial strength to run a current affairs news channel.
  • The main head of the company should be a resident Indian.

Following are the eligibility requirement for downlinking:

  • The applicant should be a registered business entity in India.
  • Following are the net worth requirement of that company:
    • For first teleport: INR 3Crore
    • For each additional teleport: INR 1 Crore
    • For first non-news & current affairs TV Channel: INR 5 Crore
    • For each additional non-news and current affairs TV channel: INR 2.5 Crore
    • For first news and current affairs TV channel: INR 20 Crore
    • For each additional news and current affairs TV channel: INE 5 Crore
  • The foreign direct investment in the company or LLP should be as per the FDI policy of the government of India.
  • The applicant has to provide the details of the directors of the company.
  • The applicant has to furnish the details thoroughly.
  • The applicant shouldn’t be priorly disqualified from filing the application
  • The downlinked channel should have prior license from the appropriate broadcast or licensing authority in the country of transmission.

Documents Required for uplinking downlinking permission in India

  • Certificate of incorporation of the company
  • Memorandum of association of the company
  • Articles of Association of the company
  • List of directors of the company
  • List of shareholders of the company
  • Board resolution to apply for Uplinking/Downlinking registration
  • Audited balance sheet of the company
  • Employee details of that employee is a Non-resident Indian
  • Complete details of the equipment used
  • If there is a foreign direct investment, provide the FDI details as per the FDI policy
  • A document showing the complete technical details of the equipment(s) that are being used (specifically for downlinking and distribution)
  • Block schematic diagram for downlinking
  • Records for the past 90 days

Process for obtaining the uplinking downlinking permission in India

  • Gather the required document,
  • File the application as per your requirement with the application processing fee.
  • The Department will assess the application
  • If you’re deemed financially, legally and technically eligible for registration, you’ll be issued a letter of intent.
  • Receive the letter of intent and deposit the permission fee for the first year and the performance bank guarantee.
  • Get the rights for Uplinking and downlinking rights for five years.

Note: The permission fee for Uplinking and downlinking, as the name suggests, has to be paid on an annual basis.

How can Registrationwala help you get Uplinking Downlinking permission in India?

Registrationwala provides end to end assistance when it comes to Uplinking and downlinking permission. Our services include:

  • Managing your documents to file the application
  • Filing the application
  • Following up with the Ministry of information and broadcasting to ensure that your application is favourably processed.
  • Getting you the Uplinking and downlinking rights.

Thus, if you seek to be a broadcaster willing to provide tv channels in India, reach out to Registrationwala, for we are your one way to get rights to legally do so.

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