IPSTAR International, a subsidiary of satellite operator Thaicom, has announced that it will use Hughes Network System’s JUPITER System in order to extend satellite broadband throughout India and increase speeds by five times, up to 100 Mbps.
In this arrangement, IPSTAR will operate the JUPITER System over the Thaicom 4 high-throughput satellite (HTS), also known as IPSTAR 1, in India. This will then be used by government-owned company BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd.) to offer fixed and mobile services as part of the government’s “Digital India” initiative.
IPSTAR 1, which was launched in 2005, is the world’s first high-throughput satellite and serves over 30 million mobile users in Asia-Pacific. Under this new agreement, IPSTAR will potentially serve BSNL’a 94 million mobile and 21.9 million broadband customers, as well.
Such a capacity is possible because of JUPITER’s economical operating costs and efficient bandwidth allocation. Incorporating a second-generation System on a Chip (SoC-2) and new family of broadband VSATs (Very Small Aperture Terminals), JUPITER will enable the fastest internet access currently available in India.
“IPSTAR has chosen the Hughes JUPITER System as Thaicom’s core networking platform of a comprehensive broadband solution to BSNL,” said Amrit Pal Singh, General Manager, IPSTAR India.
“Integrated operationally with IPSTAR as a high throughput satellite, JUPITER’s combination of efficient bandwidth usage and support for new Internet standards like IPv6 give us an unbeatable engine to deliver high-quality broadband cost-effectively in areas unserved or underserved by terrestrial providers. It will help ensure that as India transitions to a digital economy there is no gulf between rural and urban areas. IPSTAR broadband connectivity provides telecom operators across Asia Pacific with the ability to expand their networks, launch new broadband services and reach underserved areas quickly and cost-effectively,” he added.
Ramesh Ramaswamy, Senior Vice President and General Manager of International at Hughes said, “Internet connectivity is a critical imperative in all countries, whether with developed or developing economies. Our JUPITER technology is proving itself on four continents as the choice of leading operators to help close the so-called ‘digital divide’ which is indeed the primary goal of ‘Digital India’— connecting residences, businesses and governments with broadband services on par with the best in the world.”