Broadband from space! Why Sunil Mittal-backed Eutelsat OneWeb may steal a march over Ambani’s Jio and Elon Musk’s Starlink in India

Mar18,2024


eutelsat oneweb Vs Reliance Jio vs Starlink: Bharti-backed Eutelsat OneWeb positions itself as leader in supply race satellite broadband services In India, leaving behind competitors like Elon Musk starlink And Mukesh AmbaniReliance Jio will become the first global satellite company to offer broadband-from-space services in India.
The company has acquired demo satellite spectrum in the 'Ka' and 'Ku' bands for a period of 90 days through the administrative route, differentiating its approach from Starlink, which targets retail users. Eutelsat OneWeb focuses on a business-to-business (B2B) model.
The 'Ka' band spectrum is important for the operation of earth stations, while the 'Ku' band supports user access terminals.
Eutelsat OneWeb is conducting trials on its satellite broadband network with key customers in India's defense and public sector entities in preparation for a full commercial launch, according to a senior official quoted by ET. The company is expected to receive commercial satellite spectrum allocation soon and is committed to comply with the regulatory framework laid down by the Department of Telecommunications (DOT).

Eutelsat OneWeb targets enterprises, defense, aviation

Eutelsat OneWeb targets enterprises, defense, aviation

DoT is in the process of finalizing the administrative allocation of satellite spectrum and pricing based on regulatory guidelines. The new Telecom Act of 2023 now facilitates allocation of satellite spectrum through administrative channels.
Eutelsat's revenue stream will cater to enterprises, defence, aviation, maritime sectors and governments. The company plans to offer satellite connectivity to support mobile broadband coverage in rural areas where terrestrial backhaul links are limited. Eutelsat is ready to provide backhaul support services to any telecom company operating in rural India.
It aims to defeat competitors like Jio, Starlink, Amazon Kuiper and Tatas. Eutelsat OneWeb holds the necessary licenses from IN-SPACe, the space industry regulator. The company has operational earth stations near Gujarat and Chennai, placing it at the forefront of the growing Indian satellite communications market.
The focus of broadband-from-space services in India is to bridge the digital divide, especially in deprived rural and remote areas. IN-SPACe foresees significant growth potential in India's space economy, estimated to be worth a potential $44 billion by 2033.
Recent amendments in FDI rules for the space sector allow increased foreign investment in the manufacturing of satellite launch vehicles and satellite components. The Government of India is likely to classify satellite broadband as a telecommunication service, thereby enabling pure satellite internet providers to attract 100% FDI through the same automatic route as telecom service providers.



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