Hughes India has said that it has been selected by infrastructure provider Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL) and Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd (TCIL) to provide high-speed satellite connectivity to 5,000 remote Indian gram panchayats (roughly translated as village councils).
Hughes India will enable internet service for each gram panchayat using capacity from the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) GSAT-19 and GSAT-11 satellites with the Hughes JUPITER System, described as the de facto standard for satellite broadband implementations, in use on more than 40 satellites worldwide.
The 5,000 gram panchayats are in a number of north-eastern states where there is a lack of terrestrial connectivity such as fibre or cable.
The awards are part of the government’s flagship BharatNet Programme to provide broadband connectivity to all 250,000 gram panchayats throughout India.
Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BharatNet) is a telecommunications infrastructure provider, set up by the Indian government under its Department of Telecommunications for the establishment, management and operation of the National Optical Fibre Network to provide a minimum of 100 Mbit/s broadband connectivity to all 250,000 gram panchayats in the country.
The aim is to cover nearly 625,000 villages, to improve telecommunications in India and to reach the campaign goal of Digital India, which aims to ensure that government services are made available to citizens electronically.
With the BharatNet project, the government of India aims to better facilitate e-governance applications like telemedicine, access to land records, treasury, police stations, internet access, and many other services in rural India.
Hughes India will provide its gateways, solar-powered user terminals, and network operations. It will also install the equipment at each site and manage the service to deliver speeds up to 10 Mbps.