Advancing Connectivity through Satellite Network Portal Sites
Gujarat recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with OneWeb Company, based in London, and the Department of Science and Technology to set up two ‘Satellite Network Portal Sites.’ One of these sites will be located in Mehsana District, Gujarat, providing high-speed, low-latency, and affordable connectivity to various sectors.
OneWeb Company: Leading the Satellite Connectivity Revolution
OneWeb Company is a pioneering Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Satellite company with 648 satellites. Established in 2012 by Greg Wyler and headquartered in London, England, the company aims to offer cost-effective satellite connectivity services to mobile network operators and Internet service providers, while establishing a global communication network.
Satellite Network Portal Site in Mehsana District: Advantages and Plans
The upcoming Satellite Network Portal Site in Jotana Taluka of Mehsana District is scheduled for launch in 2023, with Phase-1 estimated to cost over Rs. 100 crore. This cutting-edge site is set to provide high-speed, low-latency broadband Internet access, offering response times of less than 100 ms, surpassing traditional GEO-based networks.
Economic Impact and Employment Opportunities
The project not only advances connectivity but also promises significant economic benefits for Gujarat. It is expected to create around 500 direct and indirect employment opportunities in the state, contributing positively to the local economy.
Conclusion: Empowering Connectivity and Economic Growth
Through the collaboration between Gujarat and OneWeb Company, the establishment of Satellite Network Portal Sites is set to revolutionize satellite connectivity and bridge the digital divide. The state’s government, businesses, consumers, and educational institutions are poised to benefit from this advanced technology, while the economic impact through job creation further strengthens the positive outcomes of this significant initiative.
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