How Hughes VSAT Solution Will Help Jio 4G

VSAT solution provider Hughes last week announced that Reliance Jio will be using its satellite broadband solution to offer 4G services in remote parts of the country. The Mukesh Ambani-led firm will deploy Hughes Jupiter System to reach out to 400 4G sites in various rural and remote parts of the country.

Offering connectivity through satellites is a preferred medium for operators and service providers to those areas where the conventional mode of connecting, say optic fiber, microwave or wireless is difficult, like in mountainous terrains, and areas that are not connected to mainland in traditional ways.

Though Jio has the maximum footprint in terms 4G coverage in the country, there are still many areas which are yet to be connected. 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.

Connecting the above areas through optic fiber is too expensive and rarely justify RoI. The better alternative has always been the satellite connectivity. Besides connecting the new telecom sites, the Hughes Jupiter system will also provide Jio’s existing sites a nationwide backhaul connectivity.

“After an extensive evaluation of the satellite technology on the market, we felt strongly that the Hughes JUPITER System, with its high-throughput terminals and future-proof multiservice capabilities, provided the ideal performance and efficiency for supporting connectivity to our 4G/LTE sites,” said Jyotindra Thacker, group president, Reliance Jio. “The JUPITER satellite system is key to enabling our vision of providing ubiquitous and seamless connectivity to each and every part of the country, and we believe Hughes has the experience and expertise to support this large project.”

“The fact that Jio selected Hughes to underpin this large 4G/LTE satellite backhaul network is a testament to the superior performance and efficiency enabled by our JUPITER System,” said Partho Banerjee, president, Hughes Communications India. “Satellite is the ideal technology for extending 4G/LTE service to remote and rural communities beyond the reach of terrestrial backhaul, and we look forward to working with Jio to support its work in connecting the unconnected in India.”

Hughes Jupiter System

The Hughes Jupiter System is a high-performance, field-proven satellite networking solution that backhauls all generations of cellular technologies. The company claims the system is ideal for broadband access, enterprise connectivity, cellular backhaul, MPLS, VoIP and data trunking.

The system delivers more than 200 Mbps of TCP throughput per terminal and includes built-in 4G/LTE optimization capability that can yield 30 to 60 percent bandwidth savings versus that of standard satellite backhaul solutions.

The system operates over Ka-band, Ku-band and C-band satellites.

As per the agreement with Jio, besides providing backhaul and connectivity, Hughes India will also provide managed services to include network planning, implementation, operation and maintenance for the operator.

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