Soon, India to enjoy more than 100 Gbps internet speed
The largest consumer of mobile data in the world, India ranks a woeful 109th globally when it comes to Internet access speed, according to a March 2018 report. The country’s wired broadband speed is marginally better, but still embarrassingly low.
India will soon enjoy more than 100 Gbps high bandwidth connectivity across the country in the next few years with the launch of three GSAT satellites before the end of next year, said Dr K Sivan, chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) at the ninth convocation of Gitam (deemed to be university) on Saturday. All these are high throughput satellites and together they will provide more than 100 Gbps high bandwidth connectivity across the country, he said.
GSAT-11 is an advanced communication satellite employing a new class of bus weighing 4000-6000 Kg. It includes a new Ka x Ku-Band Forward Link Transponders and Ku x Ka band Return Link Transponders for high speed data connectivity.
GSAT-29 is configured around ISRO’s Enhanced I-3K Bus and will be the payload for second developmental flight of GSLV-MkIII. It carries Ka x Ku multi-beam and optical communication payloads for the first time. The mission targets for Village Resource Centres (VRC) in rural areas to bridge the digital divide.
GSAT 20 is reportedly built on the I-6K unified modular bus and features a Ka-band high-throughput communications payload with 70 Gbps throughput utilizing multiple spot beams providing broadband services across the Indian region.
Revealing India’s big space programmes, the ISRO Chief said the government has allocated around Rs 10,900 crore for the launch of around 30 PSLVs (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle), of which 10 GSLV Mk-3 will be launched by 2022.
The year 2016 brought a revolution in the Indian telecom industry after Reliance Jio 4G services were launched at dirt-cheap prices. But soon, the hay-days of 4G would also be over as the world is moving towards the first commercial deployment of 5G as early as this year. According to the Ericsson Mobility Report published in June, 5G network service will likely go into the history books as the start of an even bigger societal change, which will enable enhanced mobile broadband services like virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and 4k videos. The 5G network spectrum would not only give users a luxury to use the internet like never before but it would generate huge revenue streams for network operators.
India is expected to fully adopt the 5G services by 2022. Operators in the United States will be among the first to launch 5G commercial services, says the report. The country’s four major operators have publicly announced that they will begin providing 5G services between late 2018 and mid-2019.