Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited has launched JioSpaceFiber, India’s first satellite-based gigabit broadband service. The move is part of the company’s initiative to provide high-speed internet across the nation, even in the most remote areas.
What Happened: As per the company’s press release, Jio demonstrated this innovative broadband service at the India Mobile Congress. The service will be available across India at competitive prices.
Jio already caters to over 450 million Indian consumers with its high-speed broadband services, namely JioFiber and JioAirFiber. The new JioSpaceFiber aims to extend digital inclusion to all Indian households, ensuring reliable, low-latency, high-speed internet and entertainment services.
The company’s collaboration with SES, a leading satellite technology provider, will leverage medium earth orbit (MEO) satellite technology to deliver fiber-like services from space. This unique partnership elevates Jio as the only company offering such advanced technology, ensuring scalable and affordable broadband across all of India.
Why It Matters: JioSpaceFiber’s unveiling comes at a time when satellite-based internet services are gaining traction in India. Elon Musk’s Starlink recently awaited approval from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to offer similar services in India. Notably, OneWeb and Jio Space had already received the green light from DoT.
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In light of these developments, Amazon also expressed interest in entering India’s satellite communications sector through Project Kuiper. The e-commerce giant has reportedly initiated discussions with DoT and has approached the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre (IN-SPACe) to roll out its broadband-from-space services in India.
With JioSpaceFiber’s unveiling, the competition in the satcom market in India is set to intensify, benefiting consumers with more choices for high-speed internet services.
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