Starlink targets India in 2022

20 December 2021

SpaceX-owned Starlink said it will apply for a commercial licence in India next year, in a move that would see the company provide broadband and other services to the country.

During a presentation by country director Sanjay Bhargava, the company confirmed it plans to have 200,000 Starlink devices in India by December 2022, with 80% of these in remote, rural areas.

“We hope to have applied for a commercial licence on or before 31st January 2022 (unless we hit some major roadblock),” Bhargava also posted on LinkedIn.

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Airtel picks Juniper to expand broadband network coverage

20 December 2021

Bharti Airtel has selected AI-driven networking firm Juniper Networks to deliver network upgrades for expansion of Airtel’s nationwide broadband coverage across India.

Juniper will supply, install and provide support for upgrades to the MX Series routers and line cards as part of its broadband network gateway to manage subscribers and services, as well as carrier-grade NAT (CGNAT) solutions to ensure secure encryption across the network respectively.

Airtel has expanded its fibre-to-the-home broadband coverage to over 430 towns with plans of covering 30 million households in over 2,000 cities in the next three years.

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Inmarsat gets first install by Malaysia’s ADE

17 December 2021

Global mobile satellite communications firm Inmarsat announced the first installation of its GX Aviation inflight broadband solution by Asia Digital Engineering (ADE), a wholly-owned AirAsia Group subsidiary and provider of engineering services in southeast Asia.

The installation, completed onboard an AirAsia Airbus A320 aircraft supports ADE’s ambitions to become a GX Aviation installation partner for other airlines in the region.

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Reliance Jio welcomes gov reforms to strengthen sector

04 October 2021

Reliance Jio has welcomed the reforms and relief package announced by the Indian government, which are seen as a timely step towards strengthening the country’s telecom sector.

These will accelerate realisation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India vision and enable India’s transformation into the world’s leading Digital Society.

The operator said in a press release that the move by Modi’s government was major step towards rebuilding and future-proofing the country’s telecom sector.

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