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Reliance Jio using satellites to offer 4G services in rural, remote areas; takes capacity from ISRO

Reliance Jio using satellites to offer 4G services in rural, remote areas; takes capacity from ISRO
Reliance Jio is planning to use satellites to connect to the rural and remote parts of India through its 4G LTE-based voice and data service. It is deploying a first-of-its kind satellite backhaul-based network, using capacity from Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), and technology from HughesCommunications (HCIL).The Mukesh Ambani-led 4G telco is connecting more than 400 LTE sites which are beyond the reach of terrestrial backhaul services through this satellite backhaul-based network. The network is under different phases of deployment.Jio has awarded a contract worth over $10 million to Hughes Communications (HCIL) to set up the satellite backhaul for the 4G network in these areas.In India, most telcos, including Jio, use microwave largely to connect towers since laying fibre is tough due to high deployment costs and right of way (RoW) issues. In rural and remote parts, especia…