TAMPA, FL. Luxembourg-based SES said on February 14 that it had set up a joint venture with India’s largest telecommunications operator to provide multi-orbit communications in the country.
The agreement with Jio Platforms Limited, a holding company of Indian mobile operator Jio, aims to sell SES satellite broadband to the transport, corporate and retail markets as India softens protectionist measures to encourage foreign investment.
Jio Platforms owns 51% of the Jio Space Technology Limited joint venture and SES owns the rest.
Jio is an anchor customer of the joint venture and has signed a multi-year power purchase agreement under a contract that, according to SES, is worth $ 100 million. Under this plan, Jio Space Technology Limited is developing the gateway infrastructure.
SES has said it will provide the company with bandwidth of up to 100 gigabits per second (Gbps) via its SES-12 satellite in geostationary orbit and the constellation O3b mPower, which it expects to begin deployment in Earth’s middle orbit this year.
The joint venture will not provide capacity to specific customers in the aviation and maritime industries, which SES intends to serve separately.
“While we continue to expand our fiber connections and [fiber-to-the-home] business and invest in 5G, this new joint venture with SES will further accelerate the growth of multi-gigabit broadband, ”Jio Director Akash Ambani said in a statement.
“With additional coverage and bandwidth offering satellite services, Jio will be able to connect India’s most remote cities and villages, businesses, government agencies and consumers to the new digital India.”
Starlink, OneWeb and other foreign satellite operators are working to gain a foothold in India as a country softens investment rules.
The American company Hughes Network Systems said that on January 4, it set up a joint venture with Indian telecoms competitor Jio Bharti Airtel to sell satellite broadband in the country.
Called a joint venture Hughes Communications India Pvt Ltd said Jan. 20th it has agreed to a six-year deal to distribute the power of Britain’s OneWeb in low Earth orbit (LEO) in India.
Bharti Airtel’s parent company Bharti Global is OneWeb’s largest investor, and Hughes has also invested in LEO operator.
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