Some Experiences in Preparing for a Satellite Television Experiment for Rural India [and Discussion]

Y. Pal, H. Bloom, S. Harris

Abstract

A large scale experiment will be conducted in India, beginning middle of 1975, to reach a few thousand remote Indian villages via satellite broadcast television. The satellite will be supplied by N.A.S.A. and the ground hardware and developmental programmes for television are being developed by India. The experiment will last a year. The paper discusses the research and development aspects of the technological and software components of the experiment, the operational problems and solutions adopted, as also the hopes and fears we have about its outcome. Some of the already realized managerial, social and technological spin-offs of this multi-faceted 'experiment' are pointed out.