Satellite communication (Satcom) is a boon to provide ubiquitous connectivity across all terrains and in the most remote parts of the country. The Satcom industry in India could propel the next big revolution in the telecom space. Satcom continues to be the technology best suited to provide data connectivity in remote and rural areas due to its rapid deployment capability, reliability, consistency, flexibility and scalability of services across all regions and all terrains and also complements mobile network connectivity.
From an industry perspective, a myriad of opportunities exist. Satellite communication has played a pivotal role in the development and growth of important industry segments by providing data connectivity services for critical applications in the most remote locations. Enable financial inclusion through ATM connectivity, connectivity for real-time analytics for energy companies, increased geographic reach for telecom operators, skills development in remote parts of the country, connectivity in the air for airline passengers, connectivity on the high seas for cruises and commercial ships, communication networks for government financial, economic and defense programs are just a few examples.
Satellite communication can and is transforming the rural economy by enabling village connectivity, education and skills development programs, healthcare and telemedicine, warehousing, public distribution system and many other applications in remote and remote locations.
In the future, satellite communication will also enable new era data communications between machines and sensors to provide smart services such as connectivity to IoT devices, tracking of cargo, vehicles, railway safety systems , traffic lights, ground condition mapping, oil/gas pressure monitoring. in large industrial pipeline systems, etc. Satellite communication is also vital for defense, coastal security, border surveillance, disaster management and other critical operations and strategic applications.
Globally, major developments are taking place in the satellite industry, such as high-throughput satellites, software-defined satellites, steerable-beam satellites, and Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellations, that are revolutionizing the Satcom industry. These developments will also have a positive impact for India with the changing regulatory environment. This has the potential to bring about a paradigm shift in the use of satellites for broadband needs in the country and can dramatically change the levels of internet penetration in India.
Software-defined satellites will bring new capabilities for Satcom services that will enable many more new applications in the near future. Likewise, LEO satellites will be able to provide an alternative solution to terrestrial networks, especially in remote areas, by acting as a “fiber in the sky” that will allow high bandwidth applications to be served with similar latency. to that of fiber.
5G is expected to drive a technological revolution in many areas, from improving unmanned freight transport logistics to deeply integrating the Internet of Things to the proliferation of telemedicine. But for this to become a reality and to build a robust 5G infrastructure, satellite networks will need to play a key role in enabling ubiquitous 5G coverage with terrestrial networks.
A robust telecommunications infrastructure enabled by satellite communication will play a key role in providing seamless connectivity across India, which is the true essence of Digital India. Satellite internet is undoubtedly a key enabler of India’s digital revolution, given the myriad ways it can unlock value across industries. By providing ubiquitous broadband internet connectivity, satellite broadband would help the country make its Digital India dream a reality.
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