Indian Army activates satellite broadband service in Siachen, world’s highest battlefield – Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism

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NEW DELHI, September 19: The Indian Army on Sunday activated satellite internet service at the world’s highest battlefield on the Siachen Glacier.
“Satellite internet service has been activated at the 19,061ft Siachen Glacier, the highest battlefield in the world, by Siachen Signalmen,” the Indian Army’s Fire and Fury Corps said.
The Fire and Fury Corps or XIV Corps takes care of the military deployment along Kargil-Leh, secures the borders with China and Pakistan and guards the Siachen Glacier.
Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL), an Indian government company that provides internet connectivity to the military in Siachen, is the same agency that is responsible for implementing the BharatNet project. BBNL’s plan is to provide satellite internet access to around 7,000 grams of panchayats and other remote areas where fiber internet connectivity is not possible. According to reports, about 4,000 grams of panchayats have already been ordered across the country. The 7,000 sites will be covered by four satellite gateways with two High Throughput Satellites (HTS) under the central government project.
In addition, a few private companies provide various satellite internet services to the Indian Army in sensitive locations in border areas, such as in eastern Ladakh. Hughes Communications India, which has partnered with Isro for the use of the Indian Space Agency‘s Gsat-11 and Gsat-29 satellites and recently announced the commercial launch of the world’s first high-speed satellite (HTS) broadband service of India, provides satellite connectivity to the Indian military along the Chinese border, including in the Galwan region.
The Indian Army is also going to get its own dedicated communications satellite in the near future. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh has already authorized the acceptance of the need to acquire the Gsat-7B satellite which will improve the operational readiness of the ground force and enhance its communication capabilities.
So far, the army has depended on Gsat-7A, a dedicated Indian Air Force communications satellite, and other Isro satellites, to meet its strategic and communications needs. But with new advanced technology coming, the military will have its own eye in the sky to secure its borders.
BBNL, which provides internet connectivity to the military in Siachen, is the agency responsible for implementing the BharatNet project. BBNL’s current plan is to provide satellite internet access to approximately 7,000 grams of panchayats and other remote areas where fiber internet connectivity is not possible. BharatNet will need to acquire four satellite gateways with two high power satellites to cover all 7,000 panchayats.
A few private companies are providing satellite internet connectivity to the Indian military in hotspots along the border, such as in eastern Ladakh. Hughes Communications India, which has partnered with Isro and recently announced the commercial launch of India’s first satellite broadband service, is providing satellite connectivity to the military along the Chinese border, including in the Galwan region .
Soon, the army will receive a dedicated communication satellite. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh has already given his approval for the acceptance of the need for the GSAT-7B satellite which will improve the operational readiness of the armed forces and enhance its communication capabilities. So far, the military has relied on GSAT-7A, a dedicated IAF communications satellite, and other satellites, but with the new technology, the military will have its own eye in the sky. (Agencies)

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