This breakthrough technology will bring high-speed internet to previously unconnected areas of India.
This includes the most isolated places in the northeast; hill states in the western Himalayas; Rajasthan's Thar desert; and densely forested areas in states afflicted by left-wing extremism.
Banks, schools, and consumer utilities in remote parts of the country with little to no internet connectivity will now be able to receive high-speed broadband services via a High Throughput Satellite (HTS) service, thanks to the government's Digital India programme and small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
Hughes Communications India, a prominent provider of broadband satellite and managed network services, announced the commercial launch of the country's first HTS broadband service on Monday. The service combines the national space agency's Ku band satellite frequency on high-throughput communication satellites GSAT-11 and GSAT-29 with Hughes Jupiter Platform base technology to bring high-speed internet across the country.
Satellite broadband would assist in ensuring connectivity in LWE areas, where rebels have blown up communication towers on many occasions.
The service will connect enterprise and government networks and support applications such as Wi-Fi hotspots for community internet access; managed Software-defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) to connect users to applications securely; backhaul to extend mobile network reach; and satellite internet for SMEs.
"If we obtained 300 MHz of HTS spectrum during the last 10 years using regular satellites, we have added around 450 MHz of HTS spectrum in the last year." That demonstrates that when something is cost-effective, it allows for scalability. Hughes Communications India provides satellite internet to over two lakh commercial and government sites in India.