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Reliance Jio announces own satellite-based broadband in India as Elon Musk’s Starlink struggles to find feet

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  • Reliance Jio is going to launch satellite-based broadband services across India.
  • The name for the upcoming broadband services is yet to reveal
  • Reliance Jio announces this in partnership with Luxembourg-based telecommunications company, SES.

Reliance Jio on Monday announces that it is going to launch satellite-based broadband services across India. Jio announces this in partnership with Luxembourg-based telecommunications company, SES. A joint venture called the Jio Space Technology Limited. Now, Reliance Jio is bringing broadband services by a combination of geostationary (GEO) and medium earth orbit (MEO) satellite constellations.

The broadband service, Jio said, will be capable of delivering multi-gigabit links and capacity to enterprises, mobile backhaul, and retail customers with a maximum speed of 100Gbps.

Two of the world’s richest men are set to face off over broadband internet in rural India.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX is expected to launch its service, Starlink,  in December 2022. It will directly compete with telecom service providers like Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, and Vodafone-Idea.

However, what will make Starlink stand apart is that, unlike others, it will be a satellite-based service. Its kit includes a dish antenna, a stand, its power supply, and a wifi router.

The Company does not reveal the name of Reliance Jio new satellite-based broadband service.

Jio announces that it owns 51 percent equity in the joint venture, while SES holds a 49 percent stake.

“As part of investment plan, the joint venture will develop extensive gateway infrastructure in India to provide services within the country.”

“Jio, as an anchor customer of the joint venture enetrs into a multi-year capacity purchase agreement. It is based on certain milestones along with gateways and equipment purchase with total contract value of circa US $100 million.”

Elon Musk’s SpaceX will soon start talks with Indian telecom service providers like Reliance Jio, Vodafone Idea, BharatNet, and RailTel for possible collaborations to offer satellite communication, or broadband from space, services in the hardest-to-reach regions.

The Company does not reveal many details regarding the launch date as well as Pricing of upcoming broadband services.

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