CASBAA India Satellite Industry Forum to focus on Taxing Issues

Hong Kong : The recent ruling by the Delhi High Court on tax payments for Foreign Satellite Operators operating over India has focused urgent attention on the dynamic satellite broadcasting industry. To shed further light on this and many other issues, the CASBAA India Satellite Industry Forum is scheduled for 22 March 2011 at the Shangri-La Hotel, New Delhi.

Non-domestic satellite operators have been forced to deal with tax litigation in India for more than a decade, but how will this latest decision affect the satellite sector in India and what are the potential ramifications of the recent decision?

“Along with the ‘back haul’ (long distance delivery) of hundreds of satellite TV channels into India and with DTH homes now topping an estimated 35 million connections, India’s satellite market is growing at an astounding rate,” said Simon Twiston Davies, CEO of CASBAA. “However, in order to facilitate continued expansion, it is of great importance to examine the pressing issues affecting the business and that is where the CASBAA India Satellite Industry Forum plays a vital role.”

Covering critical items such as bandwidth limitations, content monetization and the impact of the newest mobile broadband and cable technologies, the CASBAA India Satellite Industry Forum will gather both domestic and international business leaders and officials to debate the challenges facing the industry today and tomorrow.

Among confirmed speakers are George Elias (Principal Advisor – Broadcast & Policy, TRAI), Rajiv Anand (Executive Director, PwC), Vikram Chandra (CEO, NDTV Convergence), Sunil Lulla (CEO, Times Television Network), Tarun Katial (CEO, Reliance Broadcast Network), Joy Chakraborthy (Chief Revenue Officer, Zee), Terry Bleakley (VP, AP Sales, Intelsat), Raj Malik (SVP of Sales, ABS) and Ravi Mansukhani (MD & CEO, IndusInd Media & Communication).

“The strength of this annual CASBAA Forum is its powerful line-up of industry experts who bring clarity into a market that can be both dynamic and mystifying at the same time,” added Twiston Davies.

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