Hughes Communications India has completed Island Connectivity project for providing satellite connectivity to BSNL in Andaman and Nicobar islands and Lakshadweep islands in a record time of four months.
The project addresses growing bandwidth demand in these island regions located beyond the reach of terrestrial technology. Hughes is providing satellite bandwidth of 500 Mbps to 1 Gbps for Andaman & Nicobar islands – North Andaman Island (Diglipur town), Middle Andaman Island (Rangat Town), South Andaman Island (Port Blair), Havelock Island and Nicobar Islands (Campbell Bay). The company is also providing satellite bandwidth to the tune of 300 – 500 Mbps for Lakshadweep Islands – Kavaratti, Agatti, Amini and Kadmat.
With Hughes India, BSNL plans to expand satellite bandwidth in Andaman and Nicobar to 400 times the current capacity in two years and has already augmented available bandwidth. As part of the solution, Hughes India supplied BSNL with satellite terminals and modems for voice, data, and video communications as well as high-speed satellite backhaul capacity to extend network coverage in the region.
Talking about the project, Shivaji Chatterjee, SVP and Head, Enterprise Business, Hughes India said, “Andaman Islands are connected by satellite to Kolkata hub whereas Lakshadweep Islands are connected by satellite to Ernakulam hub.”
“With our proven solutions, we are confident that this partnership will enable the residents, tourists, government and armed forces on the islands to enjoy an unmatched connectivity and Internet experience while also serving India’s strategic interest in the region,” added Chatterjee.
Better infrastructure, connectivity and facilities on the islands are expected to boost tourism in the region, which is already witnessing a strong influx of foreign and domestic visitors.