Leaving the Indian harbor once meant leaving the world behind. No longer. The enlightened regulation and a breakthrough partnership are erasing the invisible line from the map.

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India is one of the Top 20 maritime nations in the world, with a coastline of over 7,500 km. In FY2019, traffic at major Indian ports reached almost 700 million metric tons, driven by high growth in external trade. According to the India Ministry of Shipping, maritime transport carries around 95% of the country’s trading by volume and 70% by value.

India is also a nation intent on controlling its own telecommunications destiny. Its national satellite organization delivers connectivity to Indian companies and limits what business foreign operators can do in-country. By encouraging competition in its markets, such as mobile and cable TV, India has created some of the most dynamic markets on the planet.

In December 2018, India’s Department of Telecommunications introduced a new license policy for maritime and aeronautical VSAT broadband communications to allow license holders to provide VSAT services to vessels in the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

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