The Department of Space has proposed that a new legislation is now desirable for use of S-Band which is a scarce natural resource and it should not be available for commercial utilization. The proposal suggests the S-Band should be reserved for "strategic and societal" use only.
It is learnt to have highlighted the fact that S-band spectrum is crucial for strategic and societal services. The Integrated Space Cell of the Integrated Defence Staff has projected its need for S-band for meeting the immediate requirements of the armed forces.

Central police forces including BSF, CISF, CRPF, and Coast Guard have also demanded a share in the S-band for meeting their secured communication needs. The Railways too has projected S-band requirement for a train tracking system.
The proposal, which is in a draft stage, says with the emerging requirements, there is an imminent need to preserve the S-band spectrum for vital strategic and societal applications.


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