According to a number of Indian press reports, Nelco, a local satellite communication service provider, is to partner with Canadian satellite operator Telesat to offer low earth orbit (LEO) satellite connectivity in India.
Telesat and Nelco also plan to collaborate on the terrestrial facilities and commercial distribution frameworks required for providing satellite connectivity. Telesat LEO will, the partners suggest, help in narrowing the digital divide, accelerate 5G expansion, and provide enhanced performance for enterprise, telecom, mobility, and government broadband connectivity on land, air, and sea.
More importantly perhaps, a secure, high throughput, low-latency network could help to extend the reach of terrestrial networks throughout India; areas like 4G/5G backhaul, mobile hotspots, distance education, telemedicine and village connectivity could all benefit.
Telesat already offers a global, geostationary satellite fleet. Telesat LEO, its low earth orbit network, is scheduled to begin service in 2022. As well as global broadband connectivity, high capacity, security, resilience, ultra-low latency and fibre-like speeds, Telesat says its LEO satellites will incorporate advanced technologies such as data processing in space, phased array antennas, and optical inter-satellite links.
Nelco, a part of the Tata group, started in 1940 as an electronics company. Today it is focused on helping its enterprise and government customers unlock potential by offering solutions in the areas of VSAT connectivity, satcom projects and integrated security and surveillance solutions.