There is a reason why the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) remains one of India’s most revered institutions. For the most part, they deliver effective results utilising minimal resources.
With an aim to provide equal digital speed in rural and urban areas and bolster the overall internet speed in India, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has been banking on four high-throughput satellites- GSAT-19, GSAT-29, GSAT-11 and GSAT-20, to achieve the goal.
While Gsat-19 was launched in June, 2017, GSAT-29 will be launched in November, and GSAT-11 and GSAT-20 will be launched in December and by next year, respectively, ISRO Chairman K Sivan was quoted as saying by TOI. Sivan asserted that together, these satellites will help propel the internet speed to a mind-boggling 100 gigabits per second (Gbps) by 2019.
“Together, all these satellites will provide high-speed internet connectivity in the country, especially in rural area, and help bridge the digital divide,” he added.
Unlike past satellites that use a broad single beam, the new ones will employ multiple spot beams, increasing internet speed and improving coverage across the entire country.
For its 500 million internet users, India hasn’t done too well in mobile internet speed and fixed broadband speed, ranking 109 and 76 respectively in the world, as per Ookla’s Speedtest Global Index last November. On an average, mobile internet speeds hover around 8 Mbps and 18.82 Mbps for broadband. These ISRO satellites are hoping to change the game for India.
Apart from increasing the internet speed, these satellites will also help the government and private businesses to take certain services like banks, ATMs, reservation systems and mobile and television networks to the remotest part of the country in a much more efficient and seamless manner.