Hughes Communications got selected by the government of India with an aim of connecting 5,000 village panchayats in the border and Naxal-affected states as well as in island territories with satellite broadband under the BharatNet project by March next year.
On Tuesday, Hughes announced in a statement, the 5,000-gram panchayat undertaken by them are located in north-eastern states, including Manipur, Meghalaya, Tripura, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, and the Galway Valley in Eastern Ladakh as well as in Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshadweep that lack terrestrial connectivity, such as fiber or cable,.
The Bharat Broadband Nigam Limited (BBNL) created the BharatNet network with an objective to provide affordable high-speed broadband access to rural citizens and institutions of all the Gram Panchayats of our nation.
BBNL CMD Sarvesh Singh expressed his happiness in the statement on partnering with Telecommunications Consultants India Limited (TCIL) and Hughes to leverage satellite broadband to connect gram panchayats that are remote or located in difficult terrain.
The project includes connecting village panchayats in Naxal-affected states Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand also, Hughes spokesperson further added.
Hughes is committed to the government’s vision of sanctionative Digital India, and that we area unit excited regarding our partnership with TCIL and BBNL as a part of BharatNet to bring the high-speed property to the remote gram panchayats,” Hughes India president and manager Partho Banerjee same.
Under the agreement, Hughes India can alter web service for every gram council victimization capability from ISRO’s GSAT-19 and GSAT-11 satellites with the Hughes Jupiter System, the actual commonplace for satellite broadband implementations, in use on quite forty satellites worldwide.
The government aims to attach all a pair of.5 100000 village panchayats within the country with high-speed broadband services by August 2021.
“The completion (of the Hughes project) is predicted by March 2021. we’ve got delivered ninety percent of the sites as on date, and commissioned fifty per cent,” the proponent same.
Hughes India can offer solar-powered user terminals, and network operations, install the instrumentality at every website, and manage the service to deliver races to ten unit of measurement per second beneath the deal.
The number of web users in rural areas of India has surpassed those living in metropolitan cities for the primary time, in line with a brand new report that additionally found ladies partially answerable for driving the trend at the side of higher property and cheaper worth plans.
Rural India overtakes urban areas in internet usage during lockdown
“Digital in India”, a study conducted by the Internet & Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and research firm Nielsen, revealed there were 227 million active internet users in rural areas, as of November 2019, compared with about 205 million in cities.
By November last year – and therefore before the lockdown precautions against coronavirus that has forced millions to stay at home – there were 30 million additional new internet users in rural India since March 2019, including a 31% increase among women.
Overall, India now has 504 million active internet users, who are defined as those accessing the internet at least once a month, although nearly 70% of the active internet population in India are daily users, Livemint reported.
Of these, 433 million are aged 12-years and above, while another 71 million are children aged five to 11 who access the internet via devices belonging to their families.
According to The Times of India, it means the number of active internet users increased by 53 million between March and November 2019 and the total makes India the second-largest internet market in the world behind China, which has 850 million users.
Importantly for brands seeking to expand their presence online, there is still plenty of room for growth because internet penetration still stands at just 40% in India, compared with 61% in China and around 88% in the US.
And although time spent on the internet continues to be higher in cities compared with rural India, the report predicted the number of rural users is likely to increase because of better connectivity, quality of service and mobile affordability, spurred on by the growth of female users and non-English language content.