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Hughes Communication to offer Internet-based services to MSMEs using LOE (Low-Earth Orbit) based satellite


They are targeting all East and North East India and hilly regions of Himachal, Uttarakhand, J&K, etc. These are areas with high demand and poor land infrastructure, Chatterjee said.

As low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite internet service operators prepare for commercial operations, Shivaji Chatterjee, senior vice president of Hughes Communications, said the services make the news because they are primarily driven by celebrities like Sunil Mittal, Jeff Bezos, and Elon Musk. They have put all their energy into the field.

 For his part, Hughes has a strategic partnership with Bharti Airtel’s OneWeb. In an interview, Chatterjee pointed out that the Russia-Ukraine conflict may have delayed the company’s plans by several months.

What types of satellite services are used by our businesses and governments today?

 The current services provided using traditional satellites are costly, and no one uses them for satellite internet. However, from next month, when the high-speed satellite service (HTS) comes online, the venture will start providing satellite internet to MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises).

The target regions are East and North East India and the hilly regions of Himachal, Uttarakhand, Jammu, Kashmir, etc. These areas have high demand and poor land infrastructure compared to western, central, and southern India. It will start as a 210 Mbps service for satellite internet.

 What new use cases can LEOs present that GEOs haven’t put on the table?

 The only disadvantage of GEO (geosynchronous-equatorial orbit) satellite technology is latency. In television programming, data transmission is one-way, making network latency indistinguishable. However, when you use interactive applications, such lag affects real-time applications.

GEO is still good enough for many tasks, but in use cases like video conferencing, gaming, or areas that involve rapid decision making, such as remote IoT deployments, low latency than in milliseconds will make a big difference. This is what LEO can do, bringing satellites closer to the performance of terrestrial and wireless technologies.

However, satellite internet still offers limited bandwidth – at a fraction of what is already available in the field and at a fraction of the cost. The two are incomparable.

 LEO’s value is to help perfect the connectivity framework and provide an option for implementing comprehensive network solutions in India and globally. Whenever there is a choice between a terrestrial network and a satellite network, the first network will consistently score. LEO-based services cannot change this.

 How much of a hindrance has the situation in Russia put on OneWeb’s launch schedule?

OneWeb has completed about 12 of the 16 launches planned to complete its constellation. They had several launches to create a backup satellite, and each launch was supposed to happen every 45 days. To create the primary system in about the next four months, all the launches need to be completed in the time slot.

Furthermore, within the next two or three months, the backup satellites will be launched – and the service could be launched in late Q3 or early Q4 2022. In estimation, this could delay things by about two to three months, as a new set of satellites will have to be added at the end of the program – assuming existing satellites prevail.

There are also around 650 satellites in the constellation, each built daily by Airbus. If 36 satellites are held, they could be caught up in the next 40 days.

 How will satellite operators in India benefit from the country’s future SpaceCom policy?

The Indian government announced the creation of InSpace, the industry regulator, two years ago. Moreover, there have been discussions about creating a separate regulatory body between the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and the space ministry.

InSpace will be the governing body of the organization, which will use the TDSAT (Court of Appeals and Telecommunications Disputes) as the court for the telecommunications and space sectors.

However, this has nothing to not start in practice. Long time Spacecom policy has not been announced, apart from a policy project. Hopefully, let the policy leave April or May; it has traded mostly for existing businesses during this time.

 When the changes are introduced regarding the introduction of the Global Satellite Constellations at Orbit Low earth (Leo), MendiaRearth, new technologies will be available in India. Some of these new technologies will help energize today’s businesses. SpaceCom’s new policy will also establish the basis for allowing global constellations in India.

 How open is India as a market for global satellite operators?

 It’s a highly regulated environment these days. Supply to this sector is routed through the Department of Space, which has a policy of promoting ISRO satellites over other satellites. Prices are also controlled, and any fluctuations in this price, common in today’s telecom world, are hard for operators to tolerate. Currently, India is still a relatively “unopened” market.

 By promoting ISRO satellites over other satellites, global satellite operators have not deployed satellite capacity in India. Many organizations have been practicing this for years, but they are unable to contract with Indian customers due to market practices. As a result, satellite operators have treated India as a black box.

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