Sunday, June 28, 2015

Revolutionizing Internet in India

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is building a satellite which is aimed at eliminating the use of cables for a pan Indian wireless internet service. It is predicted to bring a massive transformation in the internet and entertainment services in India. The GSAT-11 is a humongous 4000-kilogram communication satellite that is belt at ISRO’s Ahmedabad Space Applications Center. It is safe to say that India will soon be the centre of a revolution in the communication and entertainment industry.

According to Tapan Misra, the Director of the Space Applications Center, this satellite’s function will be equal to the functionality of 150 transponders and is expected to transmit data at the speed of 10 gigabytes per second. This step should act as a catalyst to the concept of smart cities being planned in India and give a boost to internet companies like Tikona.  The launch of the satellite should do away with the use of cables and make transmission faster for internet in India. Tapan Misra has contributed greatly towards many of ISRO’s important projects and is one of the main people behind the success of missions like Chandrayaan and Mangalyaan.

Looking back in time, the approval from Gujarat government to build the GSAT-11 was obtained in 2009. It is said to be one of the largest communications satellite that India has built. The satellite, once launched, will have a mission life of 15 years. The inception of GSAT-11 has brought laurels to ISRO, especially to the Space Applications Center and is expected to bring more once it is launched. The result of such an initiative will be the availability of high speed Wi-Fi broadband services in India. It will also open up new avenues for the entertainment and television sector. Internet TV will witness a quantum jump with GSAT-11.

GSAT-11 falls under the category of geostationary communications satellites and has four antennas of 2.8 meter diameter each. The satellite will send the signals to the locally set up Wi-Fi towers, which will then make the transmission to devices like dongles. If all goes well, it will be launched by mid-2016, giving a boost to broadband services in India.  Indians will be able to surf the internet and access all kind of entertainment channels at a high speed.  This satellite is being touted to bridge the gap of technological development between India and other developed/developing countries.