Hughes Bags BSNL’s Satellite Connectivity Contract For Lakshadweep, Andaman And Nicobar Islands

Satellite connectivity solutions provider Hughes Communications Wednesday said it has bagged a contract from state run telco BSNL to provide satellite connectivity services in Andaman and Nicobar Islands as well as Lakshadweep.

Once deployed, the new satellite network will solve the state-run telco’s need to provide high-speed broadband connectivity to its customers in the island region.

Hughes Communications India is the system integrator for BSNL in its satellite connectivity infrastructure. 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.

“We are proud to have been awarded this project by BSNL”, said Mr. Shivaji Chatterjee, SVP and Head, Enterprise Business, Hughes India. “It’s a testament to our success in implementing a wide range of system integration projects and large turnkey networks. 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.”

Installing fiber or cable is challenging in providing comprehensive coverage across islands, and conversely where high-speed satellite broadband technology is the most cost-effective option. 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 in the island region from 240 Mbps to 1 Gbps.

Tourism forms the backbone of the economy on the islands, which are also strategic naval locations. 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.

Earlier Mukesh Ambani-led firm Reliace Jio had signed a similar contract with Hughes Communications to provide high-speed 4G services across difficult terrains in the country.  Majority of these areas are in the mountainous regions of the Himalayas, in North East, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and some sparsely populated places in the deserts of Rajasthan.

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