Connecting the Most Remote Villages in India November 27, 2020 Connecting the Unconnected , JUPITER System , Company News false In India, as in many countries around the world, several major government initiatives have clearly pointed to the need for more infrastructure to establish and support a connected government. “Digital India” was formed as the Government of India’s flagship program to transform the country into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. The backbone for Digital India is the “BharatNet” network being created by Bharat Broadband Nigam Limited (BBNL) and its partner the Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd (TCIL). BBNL and TCIL recently selected Hughes India to provide satellite broadband connectivity to thousands of rural villages. Connecting Gram Panchayats For this award, Hughes India is providing high-speed satellite connectivity to 5,000 remote Gram Panchayats or village and small-town councils. These towns are located in northeastern states, including Manipur, Meghalaya, Tripura, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh, as well as the Galwan Valley in Eastern Ladakh—places that lack terrestrial connectivity, such as fiber or cable. They are being connected using capacity from ISRO’s GSAT-19 and GSAT-11 satellites and Hughes JUPITER™ System gateways and solar-powered terminals. Hughes India is installing the equipment at each site and managing the service. Many Gram Panchayats are not only remote but also located in areas of inhospitable terrain. Hughes install teams have encountered a range of challenges, from a lack of roads to high elevation and low oxygen. Each time they persevere, they succeed at linking these regions to the world’s most advanced VSAT platform and JUPITER System service. That often prompts an audible cheer, because team members know that many Gram Panchayat residents will be accessing digital services for the very first time. A Well-Connected Nation “As the most widely deployed satellite ground platform in the world, the JUPITER System will deliver reliable and highly efficient service, introducing more people across rural India to high-speed internet connectivity, enabling significant economic participation and social inclusion,” said Partho Banerjee, president and managing director, Hughes India. “Satellite broadband will make it possible for workers at these village offices to send and receive email, complete administrative tasks—such as notifying farmers of seed purchase programs—and communicate with the federal government.” A well-connected nation is a prerequisite for the Digital India initiative. Once these thousands of remote Gram Panchayats are connected through high-speed satellite Internet, the country will have made great progress in bridging the digital divide, improving the quality of life for citizens and providing access to innumerable opportunities. For more about how Hughes is helping to connect India’s Gram Panchayats, watch this video. Categories See All Connecting the Unconnected (49) Satellite is Essential (47) Company News (42) JUPITER System (29) HughesNet (25) HughesON Managed Networks (18) SD-WAN (16) Podcast (15) Community Wi-Fi (15) Emergency Communications (12) Interoperability (11) Cellular Backhaul (10) Mobility (8) Popular Blogs The Divide Podcast: The role of satellite broadband in closing the digital divideJul 22, 2021 HughesNet Named Best Satellite Internet Service, Meets Increased Demand in More PlacesMay 7, 2021 Hughes India Enables Access to Vital Banking ServicesMay 11, 2021 OneWeb Gateways Require Complex Hughes Engineering May 19, 2021 Better Satellite World Podcast: Space for All, Season 2 - The Rural ImperativeMay 24, 2021 Related Posts See All Defining Moments in Hughes 50 Year History July 23, 2021 How Hughes Fosters a Culture of Continuous Innovation July 23, 2021 HughesNet and 4-H Inspire Tomorrow’s STEM Leaders, Impacts that Last Say Hughes Employees July 19, 2021 SIA Report: Satellite Industry Leads Global Space Economy July 19, 2021 Peru School System and HughesNet Connect Students to Educational Resources June 15, 2021 ENJOY THIS POST? Provide your email below to receive a monthly round-up of what’s happening in the world of connectivity! First Name Last Name Email Company Campaign ID CAPTCHA This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.