India’s BSNL plans satellite-based connectivity for remote islands

India’s BSNL plans satellite-based connectivity for remote islands

Given the difficulties faced by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) lately, the Indian state-owned telecommunications provider must be delighted that it has some encouraging news to promote – in the form of an offshore satcoms partnership with Novelsat.

Novelsat, which specialises in content connectivity over satellite, has been awarded a contract by Indian system integrator Precision Electronics Ltd (PEL) on behalf of BSNL, to provide high-capacity satellite-based connectivity for broadband and backhaul services under a Universal Service Obligation (USO) project funded by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT).

The project is to enhance broadband connectivity to Lakshadweep, a group of islands in the Lakshadweep Sea off the southwestern coast of India, and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the north-eastern Indian Ocean.

Designed to support the growing needs of hub network operators, Novelsat’s Xnet hub system optimizes and maximizes both performance and usage of satellite and network resources. Utilizing Novelsat’s DynamiX technology for dynamic allocation of network resources in multiple channels per carrier (MCPC)/point-to-multipoint networks on top of the most bandwidth-efficient waveform, Novelsat NS4, significantly improves network economics, says the company.

Novelsat has partnered with Precision Electronics Limited, a listed company in India, to offer its solution to BSNL. Precision Electronics Limited brings in network elements like networking gear, antenna and indoor/outdoor electronics, and overall systems integration beyond the core satellite hub and remote solution from Novelsat.

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