In a transformative partnership, Tata Play joins forces with NewSpace India Limited (NSIL) to usher in a new era of satellite entertainment with the advent of GSAT-24. The core objective of this collaboration is to enhance satellite broadcasting prowess, providing top-tier entertainment to every corner of the nation. This strategic alliance represents a substantial stride forward in India’s telecommunications landscape, driven by state-of-the-art homegrown technology.
The integration of the GSAT-24 satellite is poised to substantially enhance Tata Play’s bandwidth, translating into crisper visuals and superior audio quality for its user base. A remarkable feat of this collaboration is that it empowers Tata Play to expand its channel capacity by an impressive 50 percent. While Tata Play currently offers access to 600 channels, the integration of the ISRO-developed satellite catapults its capacity to accommodate a staggering 900 channels, rendering significant benefits to the wider public. This strategic move solidifies Tata Play’s position as the foremost provider of satellite bandwidth across all Direct-to-Home (DTH) platforms in India.
GSAT-24, a remarkable achievement of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), stands as an indigenous Communication Satellite. This 4-tonne class communication satellite, dedicated to facilitating DTH services, belongs to the 24-Ku band communication satellite category. The development of this spacecraft incurred a budget of approximately Rs. 400 crore, with NewSpace India Limited shouldering the funding, ownership, and operational responsibilities. The Indian Government greenlit the launch of GSAT-24 with a specific focus on addressing the DTH application requirements of Tata Play.
Established on March 6, 2019, NewSpace India Limited (NSIL) operates as a significant entity within the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), functioning under the aegis of the Department of Space (DoS). As a Government of India Public Sector Undertaking (PSU), NSIL’s central mission revolves around forging partnerships with collaborative industry entities to oversee the manufacturing, assembly, and integration of launch vehicles. This strategic alignment, guided by the provisions of the 2013 Company Act, underscores NSIL’s pivotal role in fostering heightened private sector participation within India’s ambitious space ventures.
Chairing the helm of NewSpace India Limited is Shri Radhakrishnan Durairaj.