Jio satellite internet service is coming to India, similar to Elon Musk’s Starlink
Reliance Jio has announced its foray into satellite internet with a joint venture with SES, a Luxembourg-based provider of satellite content connectivity solutions, under the name Jio Space Technology Limited.
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The company intends to leverage satellite technology to bring scalable and affordable broadband to more parts of India.. Jio and SES will hold 51% and 49% of the capital of Jio Space Technology Limited.
They intend to use multi-orbit space networks – a combination of geostationary and medium-earth orbit satellite constellations capable of offering multi-gigabit linkswhile providing the capacity to supply businesses and retail customers across India.
The business will primarily focus on providing its services to Indian customers alongside a few international aviation and maritime customers who will be offered services by SES.
The infrastructure will be able to offer up to 100 Gbps of SES capacity. Jio has entered into a multi-year, $100 million capacity purchase agreement that also includes gateways and equipment purchases.
The joint venture will use SES-12 – the company’s high-throughput GEO satellite currently serving India as well as W3b mPOWER, SES’ next-generation MEO constellation to help expand Jio’s terrestrial network.
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Akash Ambani, Director of Jio, said, “As we continue to expand our fiber-based connectivity and FTTH and invest in 5G, this new joint venture with SES will further accelerate the growth of multi-gigabit broadband. With additional coverage and capacity offered by satellite communication services, Jio will be able to connect the most remote towns and villages, businesses, government establishments and consumers to the new digital India. We are excited about this new venture 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 the most extensive terrestrial networks to deliver high quality connectivity and positively impact people’s lives. hundreds of millions of people. We look forward to this joint venture through which we can play a role in promoting digital inclusion in India.
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