The Hughes HTS broadband service combines Ku-band capacity from Isro’s Gsat-11 and Gsat-29 satellites with Hughes’ JUPITER Platform ground technology to deliver high-speed broadband across India.
Speaking at the launch, Isro chairman S Somanath said, “With the new HTS capabilities powered by Isro satellites, we are confident that Hughes will continue to deliver excellent quality satellite broadband services and further enhance the connectivity experience that accelerates India’s digital transformation. At Isro, we are committed to exploring and expanding the ways we can work with the private sector to help improve people’s lives and bridge the digital divide.”
Shivaji Chatterjee, senior vice-president of Hughes India, told
, “Though we have been providing limited broadband service for the last one year, it was specific and confined to J&K, Uttarakhand and Haryana as we took (service of) just one beam. This is because earlier the government’s policy for shared infrastructure was not available. Now with recent regulatory changes, Isro’s gateway opened and all regulatory approvals given, we have launched the national broadband service. Keeping in mind the strategic concerns of the government and its make-in-India drive, we went for the Indian satellites, not foreign ones, to cover the entire country.” Chatterjee also informed
that HCI provides different kinds of (sat-based broadband) connectivity to the Indian Army and paramilitary forces like the BSF, SSB and ITBP patrolling the LAC and also to several border outposts. There are also specific services that we are providing to several Army battalions.”
Partho Banerjee, president & MD of HCI, said the high-throughput satellite underscores the company’s long-standing commitment to bridging the digital divide, delivering multi-megabit high-speed broadband at affordable rates. “This new service will address connectivity gaps and improve network performance and support high bandwidth requirements of government organisations, companies, cellular operators, mining and energy companies among other businesses,” he said.
HCI currently provides satellite broadband across more than 2 lakh business and government sites in India, supporting enterprises as well as as well as strategic central and state government projects. In use on over 75 satellites, the Hughes’s JUPITER System is the de facto standard for both high-throughput and conventional satellite implementations worldwide. The service supports applications such as Wi-Fi hotspots for community internet access, managed SD-WAN solutions, backhaul to extend mobile network reach, and satellite internet for small businesses.