A big partnership has been made by Jio on satellite based broadband service. Jio has announced a joint venture with SES to provide broadband service through satellite in India.
Jio Platforms Limited (JPL) is India’s leading digital service provider company. Jio has announced a partnership with SES to launch satellite broadband in India. Let us tell you that SES is a leading global satellite based content connectivity solution provider. After partnering with Jio, Jio and SES will offer broadband connectivity in India at very affordable rates. Jio will hold a 51 percent stake in this partnership, while SES will hold 49 percent.
Jio will use Multi Orbit Space Network in conjunction with SES, which will be a combination of Geo stationery (GEO) and Medium Earth Orbit (MEO). This combination will provide multi gigabyte links. In this way, Jio will become a telecom provider providing fast internet connectivity without optical fiber in India and neighboring regions. Jio will provide internet service to international aeronautical and maritime customers including India. Jio Satellite Broadband Service will provide internet service at a strong speed of 100 Gbps. Mukesh Ambani’s Jio will develop a comprehensive gateway infrastructure in India in partnership with SES in India. About US $ 100 million (about Rs 755 crore) will be invested under this partnership.
The joint venture will be the vehicle for providing SES’s satellite data and connectivity services in India, except for certain international aeronautical and maritime customers who may be served by SES.
“As part of the 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, has entered into a multi-year capacity purchase agreement, based on certain milestones along with gateways and equipment purchase with a total contract value of circa $100 million,” the statement added.
The joint venture will leverage SES-12, SES’s high-throughput GEO satellite serving India, and O3b mPOWER, SES’s next-generation MEO constellation, to extend and complement Jio’s terrestrial network, increasing access to digital services and applications. Jio will offer managed services and gateway infrastructure operations services to the joint venture, it added.
The announcement of satellite-based broadband connectivity by Mukesh Ambani’s company Jio may give a major setback to Elon Musk. Actually, Elon Musk’s satellite based connectivity provider company Starlink has been trying to enter India for a long time. However, due to some legal issues, the Government of India has stopped the start of Starlink service for the time being. Along with this, Starlink company has been directed to refund the full money of the customers. Which was taken in the name of pre-booking.
In January this year, Jio’s rival Airtel had announced JV with Hughes Communications India to provide satellite broadband services in India, to offer flexible and scalable enterprise networking solutions using satellite connectivity for primary transport, back-up, and hybrid implementation.