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ISRO and Hughes Communication will launch the India's first satellite broadband service.

News by NRI Herald Australia, 04 October 2022

Picture: ISRO & Hughes communication India Logo

Remote areas in rural India will now have access to high-speed internet; this technology will fill the gap in areas where optic fiber was difficult to construct.


In conjunction with Hughes Communication India, ISRO has inaugurated the nation's first high-throughput satellite (HTS) broadband internet service. For the past year, Hughes Communications has been evaluating its operations in northern India. This follows as Elon Musk's Starlink has ceased operations in the nation after failing to obtain the required permission.


The primary goal of creating such technology is to deliver high-speed internet throughout the country, particularly in the most distant places where terrestrial networks are inaccessible, thereby linking corporate and government networks. "At ISRO, we are dedicated to investigating and extending methods by which we may collaborate with the commercial sector in order to enhance people's lives and bridge the digital gap," said Dr. S. Somnath, Secretary of Space and Chairman of ISRO.


The company has offered to bring high-speed satellite broadband services to distant places across India, from the northeast to the desert portions of Leh and Ladakh, using ISRO's Ku-band capabilities of GSAT-11 and GSAT-29 satellites.


The company is already supporting the Indian Army and paramilitary forces in monitoring the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and other distant border outposts using HTS technology.


Somnath said. "We are sure that with the enhanced HTS capabilities powered by ISRO satellites, HCI will continue to offer outstanding quality satellite broadband services and greatly boost the connection quality that promotes India's digital revolution."


Hughes provides B2B solutions for cooperative banks, SMEs, and various internet service providers. Hughes now has 1 Gbps of bandwidth on HTS but plans to increase it from 10 Gbps to 100 Gbps in the future.


Hughes intends to compete with Elon Musk's Starlink and Amazon's online service; Hughes' key advantage is its affordability. Because the whole high-throughput satellite varies from a traditional satellite in that it improves capacity while utilising the same amount of orbital spectrum while also lowering the cost per bit.

"HTS delivers substantially greater bandwidth," says Chatterjee. It offers substantially lower-cost bandwidth and a far better user experience. "


HTS operates using a spot-beam, as opposed to regular satellites, which employ a large single beam or a few beams. Spot beam technology focuses on a small area while providing smooth and speedy communication.

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