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Ajay Singhal IRRS

For successfully overseeing the initiative on spec-trum monitoring and licence administration, ensuring violation-free usage of satellite spectrum in India

img-dec2015-11AN officer of the Indian Radio Regulatory Service, Ajay Singhal has been cred­ited with successfully overseeing the mission to provide an effective mechanism for monitoring the spectrum allocated to various service providers of satellite-based ser­vices provided by the WPC wing of the Ministry of Communication and IT, Government of India. Spectrum is a limited natural resource of the country with every citizen having a right to its legal and optimum utilisation. While spectrum allocation to service providers is governed through li­cences issued under the Indian Telegraphy Act, 1885 and Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1933, its effective administration depends on resolving major problems, such as lack of effective mechanism to prevent unauthorised usage of satellite spectrum, non-availability of technical infra­structure for checking allocation to various service providers, lack of operational abil­ity to continuously monitor and verify spectrum services and non-availability of software database for monitoring outcomes.

To overcome these problems, the ISMES launched the Orbit Spectrum initiative headed by Ajay Singhal. He developed low-cost technical infrastructure, introducing the Mission Orbit Spectrum and coordinating with the WPC wing of the Ministry. This successfully heralded the revival of the Earth Station, endowing it with effective infrastructure, including enhanced operation capability and database creation for monitoring and verifying the spectrum licence administration, and effectively identifying and eliminating violations.

Singhal’s initiative has been widely reviewed and appreciated by the government. In recognition of his outstanding contribution in the field of satellite spectrum monitoring and management, the Ministry of Communication and IT presented him a Certificate of Appreciation.

At present, he is the Engineer-in-Charge, International Satellite Monitoring Earth Station, Jalna, Government of Maharashtra.

VOL. 9, ISSUE 9 | DEC, 2015

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