Hughes India, an auxiliary of Hughes Network Systems, will provide internet services to 5,000 far off villages in 15 states and UTs including Ladakh, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Tripura, Manipur, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshadweep utilizing ISRO’s communication satellites, GSAT-19 and GSAT-11.
Hughes India was granted the agreement by Bharat Broadband Nigam Ltd (BBNL), a special purpose vehicle made to execute government of India’s BharatNet venture, which endeavors to bring internet availability at speeds of 2 to 20 Mbps to 2.5 lakh gram panchayats across India.
“BharatNet network being created by BBNL is to provide affordable high-speed broadband access to rural citizens and institutions of all the gram panchayats of the country. We are very happy to be partnering with TCIL and Hughes to leverage satellite broadband to connect gram panchayats that are remote or located in difficult terrain,” Sarvesh Singh, CMD, BBNL said in a statement.
The ISRO satellites will utilize Hughes’ proprietary Jupiter system, a VSAT (Very Small Terminal) stage intended to offer most noteworthy capacity and efficiency for satellite broadband usage. It is as of now being utilized in more than 40 satellites around the world.
In addition to utilizing Jupiter system gateways, Hughes India will likewise deal with network operations and will install solar powered user terminals and equipment at each site to deliver speeds up to 10 Mbps to the rural populace.
Satellite internet is finally coming of age with a few service providers in the fray now with a constellation of lightweight satellites floating a lot closer to Earth in the lower orbit.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX has already launched more than 500 internet satellites and will begin offering services in the United States at some point in 2021.
In India, Bharti Airtel is intending to offer high speed satellite internet by 2022 utilizing OneWeb’s LEO constellation of internet satellites and is in talks with ISRO to build cost effective access terminals.