TCIL is implementing pan-India remote Gram Panchayat Satellite Based Broadband Connectivity Project using Ka and Ku-band High Throughput Satellites (HTS) from ISRO under BharatNet Phase – II Project and has completed connectivity to 1,586 gram panchayats.
In terms of regional break-up, North East leads with 1,464 gram panchayats followed by North – 60, West – 50 and East – 12.
As per turnkey implementation of satellite based broadband network, TCIL is to supply, install, commission and maintain hub baseband systems for gateway locations in Ahmedabad, Ranchi, Delhi and Bangalore. The project also includes supplying, installing, commissioning and maintaining VSAT equipment and hybrid solar power equipment at 4,868 gram panchayats.
Around 3,300 sites are being covered under GSAT-11 satellite from Ranchi and Delhi gateways and 1,600 sites are being covered by GSAT-19 satellite from Ahmedabad and Bangalore gateways.
Commenting on the BharatNet project, Rajiv Gupta, Director – Projects, TCIL said, “TCIL has carried out the supply and commissioning of the project by overcoming challenges like very difficult terrain and no approach to these remote gram panchayats in the North Eastern states.”
The satellite network operates on the latest Ka and Ku-Band High Throughput Satellites of ISRO. The VSATs at gram panchayats are working on Ku-band frequencies. The bandwidth to be provided by TCIL at each gram panchayat location is more than 20 Mbps on the download and 10 Mbps on the upload. The system has the capability to provide higher bandwidth based on increased availability of satellite bandwidth.
With respect to applications, villagers in operational gram panchayats are utilising Internet, e-Governance, tele-medicine and Distance education services. Presently, E-sanjeevani application is also running on VSAT connectivity provided to gram panchayats in Arunachal Pradesh.