How Jio Space Technology will impact India’s broadband market

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Hyderabad: The newly announced joint venture Jio Space Technology Limited will have a considerable impact on India’s broadband market leveraging satellite technology, according to GlobalData.

Jio Space Technology — a joint venture (JV) between India’s digital service provider Jio Platforms Limited (JPL) and Luxembourg’s based satellite connectivity solutions provider SES.

This newly formed JV aims to deliver affordable broadband services leveraging satellite technology and will go a long way in strengthening the overall broadband services market in India as per GlobalData’s analysis.

This JV will use multi-orbit space networks, a combination of geostationary and medium earth orbit fleet of satellites that can deliver multi-gigabit links (up to 100 Gbps) and capacity to enterprise, mobile backhaul and retail customers in India.

“India’s broadband services market is currently dominated by fiber broadband technology, accounting for about 45% of the total fixed broadband accounts (as of 2021),” says Kantipudi Pradeepthi, Telecom Research Analyst – GlobalData.

“Jio Space Technology Limited will further support the country’s broadband market by introducing advanced, scalable, and low-cost broadband services based on satellite technology, and developing an extensive gateway infrastructure to provide services within the country,” adds Pradeepthi.

Surprisingly, Jio Platforms is not the only telecom keen on tapping the Indian satellite broadband services market. Earlier in January 2022, Bharti Airtel and the UK government-owned OneWeb and Hughes Communications announced plans to distribute the low earth orbit satellite-based broadband services in India.

Airtel will use satellite broadband services to connect remote villages and towns in the difficult-to-reach areas and serve enterprises across segments such as banking, aeronautical and maritime mobility, small to medium-sized businesses, education and telecom backhaul.

In addition, Elon Musk’s satellite Internet company Starlink has been waiting for clearance from the Indian government to offer satellite broadband services.

“The recent developments in satellite broadband space in India will not just benefit the country’s broadband services market by providing additional coverage and capacity via satellite technology,” comments Pradeepthi.

“But also strengthen the country’s digital economy by connecting consumers, government establishments and enterprises even from remote locations to digital services,” concludes Pradeepthi.

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