Jio Satellite Internet Service Coming In India, Similar To Elon Musk’s Starlink

Reliance Jio has announced its foray into satellite-based internet with a joint venture with SES — a Luxembourg based satellite content connectivity solutions provider, under the name of Jio Space Technology Limited.

jio mukesh ambaniReuters

Also Read: SpaceX’s 40 Starlink Satellites To Crash As Sun’s Geomagnetic Storm Hits Earth

The company intends to leverage satellite technology to offer scalable and affordable broadband to more parts of India. Jio and SES will own 51 percent and 49 percent equity stake in Jio Space Technology Limited. 

They intend to make use of multi-orbit space networks — a combination of geostationary and medium earth orbit satellite constellations that are capable of offering multi-gigabit links, while also sporting the capacity to power enterprises and retail customers across India. 

The venture will primarily be focused on providing its services to Indian customers alongside a few international aeronautical and maritime clientele who will be offered services by SES.

The infrastructure will be capable of offering up to 100 Gbps capacity from SES. Jio has entered into a $100 million multi-year capacity purchase agreement which also includes gateways and equipment purchases.

The joint venture will make use of SES-12 — the company’s high-throughput GEO satellite that’s currently serving India as well as W3b mPOWER, SES’s next-gen MEO constellation to help widen Jio’s terrestrial network.

satellite internetUnsplash

Also Read: This Guy Shot A Video Of Elon Musk’s Starlink Satellites In Night Sky Over Udupi

Akash Ambani, Director of Jio, said, “While we continue to expand our fibre-based connectivity and FTTH business and invest in 5G, this new joint venture with SES will further accelerate the growth of multigigabit broadband. With additional coverage and capacity offered by satellite communications services, Jio will be able to connect the remotest towns and villages, enterprises, government establishments, and consumers to the new Digital India. We are excited about this new journey combining our massive reach and customer base with SES’s innovative leadership and expertise in the satellite industry.”

Steve Collar, CEO of SES added, “This joint venture with JPL is a great example of how SES can complement even the most extensive terrestrial networks to deliver high-quality connectivity, and positively affect the lives of hundreds of millions of people. We look forward to this joint venture whereby we can play a role in promoting digital inclusion in India.” 

Keep reading for the latest science and technology news.


Source link

Leave a Reply