Satellite Internet in India may come sometime next year


While 5G is the hot topic in India right now, the next technology that will drive the growth of wireless communications in the country is satellite communications, or satellite internet. Most people have heard about it. But many people still do not know what it is and how it works. Satellite communication is the wireless transfer of data using satellites placed in low-Earth orbit. This makes communication faster and more accessible in places where wire deployment is not possible. Is it great? But when will it be available to you? Ookla, one of the network analysis firms, has suggested that India may start commercial satellite communication by mid-2023.

Sylvia Kechiche, Principal Analyst, Ookla told FE Online that satellite communication may start in India towards the middle of next year. The prediction is based on the government’s push for satellite communications. India fast-tracked the rollout of 5G services in India along with most countries in the world, and even though 5G deployment in the country is still a few years behind developed countries like the US and South Korea, India can skip the bus with respect. Does not want. for satellite communication. Some companies offering satellite internet are Elon Musk’s Starlink and OneWeb.

Kechiche, however, said that the low penetration of broadband in India could hinder the rapid rollout of satellite internet. “Actual fixed broadband penetration in India is relatively low, so around 9 to 10 per cent of households have fixed broadband access and India is a mostly mobile first market. So, almost everyone has access to a phone and the data here is definitely one of the lowest in the world. But since the Indian government has already allowed telecom service providers (TSPs) to use satellites for backhaul for 2G, 3G and 4G technologies, the pace of rollout and adoption may increase.

While Indian companies have partnered with satellite constellation owners and communications companies for backhaul support and possibly subsequent deployment of satellite internet services, Starlink – a service owned by Elon Musk’s SpaceX – has been unable to operate until the government intervenes. Till then it was planning to enter India without partnership. Unless the company issues a license for the same.

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