Hughes to connect 5,000 gram panchayats

Hughes Communications India Private Limited today announced its selection by Bharat Broadband Nigam Limited (BBNL) and Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd. (TCIL) to provide high-speed satellite connectivity to 5,000 remote gram panchayats.

Hughes India will enable Internet service to 5,000 gram panchayats using capacity from ISRO’s GSAT-19 and GSAT-11 satellites with the Hughes JUPITER System, the de facto standard for satellite broadband implementations. The company will provide JUPITER System gateways, solar-powered user terminals, and network operations, install the equipment at each site, and manage the service to deliver speeds up to 10 Mbps.

Commenting on the development, Sarvesh Singh, CMD, BBNL said, “The BharatNet network being created by BBNL, is to provide affordable high-speed broadband access to rural citizens and institutions of all the Gram Panchayats of the country. We are very happy to be partnering with TCIL and Hughes to leverage satellite broadband to connect gram panchayats that are remote or located in difficult terrain.”

Partho Banerjee, President & Managing Director, Hughes India said, “Hughes is committed to the government’s vision of enabling Digital India, and we are excited about our partnership with TCIL and BBNL as part of BharatNet to bring high-speed connectivity to the remote gram panchayats. The most widely deployed satellite ground platform in the world, the JUPITER System will deliver reliable and highly efficient service, introducing more people across rural India to high-speed internet connectivity, enabling significant economic participation and social inclusion.”

The 5,000 gram panchayats are located in northeastern states, including Manipur, Meghalaya, Tripura, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, and the Galwan Valley in Eastern Ladakh—places that lack terrestrial connectivity, such as fiber or cable. With the Bharatnet project, Government of India aims to better facilitate e-governance applications like telemedicine (e-Sanjeevani), access to land records, treasury, police stations, internet access and many other services in rural India.

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