India's Telecom Secretary Anshu Prakash said that the Digital Communications Commission (DCC), formerly the Telecom Commission, approved backhaul satellite connectivity via VSAT for telecom services.
As per new approval, the VSAT operators can supply satellite-based mobile backhaul connectivity to telcos to make sure uninterrupted cell broadband protection in distant and far-flung areas.
According to local media reports, the transfer to permit carriers to make use of satellite-based mobile backhaul connectivity would pave the best way for the likes of Reliance Jio, and Vodafone Idea to make use of satellite tv for pc capability of current VSAT permit-holders equivalent to Hughes Communications, Nelco and state-run BSNL amongst others to supply 4G/5G companies and Wi-Fi-based quick broadband in rural areas the place there aren’t sufficient cell towers, terrestrial microwave hyperlinks or fibre networks.
Meanwhile, PTI reported quoting the Telecom Secretary that DCC has also cleared the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the rollout of the BharatNet project for broadband services in villages in 16 states in public-private partnership (PPP) mode with viability gap funding.
“DoT (Department of Telecom) will come out with the tender for the PPP mode rollout of BharatNet in 16 states in seven days,” Anshu said.