Hong Kong – CASBAA has announced its programme for the CASBAA India Satellite Forum 2009 at The LaLit, New Delhi on 17 March 2009. Themed ‘Satellite Communications: A new era for India’, the annual Forum brings together representatives of the communications and broadcasting industries from India and abroad with senior officials from the Government of India. Confirmed participants will include A. Bhaskaranarayana, scientific secretary to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO); Nripendra Misra, chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India and Dr. Ashok Chandra, wireless advisor, Department of Telecommunications. Also participating is a senior team from the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. The one-day Forum is focused on the fast-emerging trends and creative business models for the broadcasting market supported by new technologies such as VSAT-delivered Satellite Services, IPTV, mobile TV and DTH as well as advanced digital cable solutions. The programme will also review the ISRO’s leading role in the provision of satellite services (including its commercial satellite launch programme) along with market access for overseas satellite operators. “India is the most competitive market for the communications sector in the Asia Pacific. With further deployment of digital television and high-speed broadband networks, we believe the industry will help boost the national economy and competitiveness. The business opportunities remain enormous,” said Simon Twiston Davies, CEO of CASBAA.