The Union Cabinet has given a nod for the procurement of launch equipment and other services for the GSAT-11 spacecraft, which shall help provide broadband to rural areas through satellite-based VSAT technology, the government said through a notification issued to the Press Information Bureau. The entire project comes at a cost of Rs 1,117 crore and is currently being developed by Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). It will be ready for launch by the end of this year. The satellite will be prepared to launch after procurement of a launch vehicle from outside the country due to a heavy 5600 kg lift-off mass, the statement added. The ground segment of the project is also under construction and once completed, GSAT-11 will address rural communication requirements using a long-distance microwave frequency band called Ku-band. Around 10 Gbps of broadband bandwidth will be rendered to rural regions, by augmenting the Ku-band’s capabilities. “The ground segment of GSAT-11 will enable the utilisation of a small portion of the bandwidth for societal services apart from providing in orbit testing support,” added the statement. Agartala to get 10 GB bandwidth: Last week, it was reported that Agartala would get 10 GB of additional internet bandwidth through an agreement between India’s state run telco BSNL and Bangladesh’s Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL). The connectivity project between the two countries was originally inked between the two countries in July last year. India’s own GPS satellite: In July 2013, ISRO had launched its first navigation satellite IRNSS-1A (Indian Regional Navigation…
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