Wednesday, January 03, 2024

Reliance Jio's Akash Ambani Unveils Plans for Satellite Broadband Service, Aiming to Rival Elon Musk's Starlink

By Jitendra Indave On Wednesday, January 03, 2024

Akash Ambani, the leader of Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited, showcased a forthcoming satellite-based internet service to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the India Mobile Congress. Under Akash Ambani's guidance, Reliance Jio has already transformed the telecommunications sector in India by introducing cost-effective 5G plans and devices. In recent months, the company has introduced various products to cater to the needs of the Indian population.

Reliance Jio's internet service has become widely popular in India, and in an effort to expand high-speed internet access, Akash Ambani is preparing to launch a superfast satellite broadband service, similar to Elon Musk's Starlink. This Ambani-owned satellite-based service, named JioSpaceFiber, is designed to deliver high-speed broadband to previously unreachable regions in the country. While the official launch details have not been disclosed, an Economic Times report suggests that Jio is expected to receive landing rights and market access authorizations from the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre (IN-SPACe) later this month.

Currently, a low earth orbit (LEO) satellite company supported by Sunil Bharti Mittal has obtained the necessary regulatory approvals from IN-SPACe. OneWeb India, backed by Mittal, has secured approval to launch Eutelsat OneWeb's commercial satellite broadband services in the country. It's essential to note that obtaining IN-SPACe approval, GMPCS license, and spectrum from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is a prerequisite for offering satellite communication services in India.


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