Hughes launches HTS broadband service; Jio Satellite takes step closer to launch

13 Sep 2022

Satellite operator Hughes Communications India (HCI) has launched what it claims is India’s first commercial High-Throughput Satellite (HTS) broadband service. The HTS service combines Ku-band capacity from the Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO’s) GSAT-11 and GSAT-29 satellites with Hughes’ Jupiter Platform ground technology to deliver broadband across India, including remote areas that would be difficult to connect via terrestrial networks. Regarding the launch, the Economic Times quotes HCI Senior VP Shavaji Chatterjee as saying that the HTS system will provide broadband connectivity at speeds of between 2Mbps and 10Mbps and that whilst initial capacity on the system stands at 1Gbps that figure is expected to grow to between 10Gbps and 100Gbps. The official went on to state that the service would be ‘very affordable’ with prices of ‘a few thousand rupees for the full month’.

HCI President and MD Partho Banerjee added: ‘Available countrywide, HTS broadband from Hughes underscores our long-standing commitment to bridging the digital divide, delivering multi-megabit high-speed broadband at affordable rates. This new broadband service will address connectivity gaps, improve network performance, and support the high bandwidth requirements of government organisations, financial companies, cellular operators, mining and energy companies, among other businesses, large and small, helping to connect India to a limitless future.’

In a related development, meanwhile, Jio Satellite Communications – part of Reliance Industries Limited’s (RIL’s) Jio Platforms division – has reportedly been issued a letter of intent (LoI) by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) in relation to the company’s application for a Global Mobile Personal Communications by Satellite (GMPCS) licence. Once it has received the LoI, Jio Satellite must agree to the terms of the concession and submit bank guarantees, following which it will be issued the full GMPCS licence.