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Satellite network portal site

 

Source: IE

 

Context: The Gujarat government’s Department of Science and Technology (DST) has signed a memorandum of understanding with One Web India Communications Pvt Ltd to establish a ‘satellite network portal site’ in Mehsana, Gujarat.

  • This site will serve as a signal and data downlink and uplink terminal for satellite communication. One Web’s satellite constellation operates in low Earth orbit (LEO), providing high-speed and low-latency communication.
  • The project requires civil infrastructure work, regulatory approvals from the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe), and spectrum allocation from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).

 

The decision to set up the SNP in Gujarat was based on geographical and business interests, with Gujarat’s long coastline making it suitable for maritime sector coverage. The state’s favourable business climate and policies also influenced the decision.

 

One Web is a UK-based company, but India’s Bharti Enterprises is a major investor and shareholder, and they are partnering with Hughes Communications India Pvt Ltd (HCIPL), a joint venture between Hughes and Bharti Airtel Limited, to sell end-user services in India.