JioSpaceFiber: India’s First Satellite-Based Gigabit Broadband Service

By Consultants Review Team Friday, 27 October 2023

India's first ever satellite-based giga, JioSpaceFiber, fiber service has been introduced by Reliance Jio. Set to offer high-speed broadband connectivity to unreachable areas within India, this service has been showcased at the India Mobile Congress. This innovative broadband service will soon be accessible throughout the entire nation and will offer cost-effective pricing to users.

With high-speed broadband fixed line and wireless services, Jio serves more than 450 million Indian consumers currently. Jio has introduced JioSpaceFiber as an addition to its existing range of broadband services in its commitment to enhancing digital accessibility for every Indian household, which includes JioFiber and JioAirFiber, stated the Indian telecom giant. Jio is claiming that the satellite network will increase mobile backhaul capacity, thereby facilitating the reach and scalability of Jio True5G to the most remote regions of the country.

To tap into the cutting-edge medium earth orbit (MEO) satellite technology, Reliance Jio has teamed up with SES, specifically SES's O3b and new O3b mPOWER satellites. This exclusive MEO constellation is uniquely capable of delivering Gigabit-speed, fiber-like services from space as per the telco. This team-up will enable Jio to set the benchmark and become the sole provider of this technology, delivering cost-effective broadband coverage across the nation. 

JioSpaceFiber has already established connectivity in four of India's most remote areas: Gir, Gujarat; Korba, Chhattisgarh; Nabarangpur, Odisha; and ONGC-Jorhat, Assam to showcase its capabilities and coverage. 

Akash Ambani, Chairman Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited said, “Jio has enabled millions of homes and businesses in India to experience broadband internet for the first time. With JioSpaceFiber, we expand our reach to cover the millions yet to be connected." 

By providing gigabit-level access to online government, educational, healthcare, and entertainment services for people everywhere, JioSpaceFiber will enable universal participation in the modern digital society as per Ambani.

John-Paul Hemingway, Chief Strategy Officer at SES stated, “Together with Jio, we are honoured to support the Government of India's Digital India initiative with a unique solution that aims at delivering multiple gigabits per second of throughput to any location in India." 

The nation’s first fiber-like services from space are already deployed today in parts of India, and John-Paul Hemingway, Chief Strategy Officer at SES said that they cannot wait to see how this will lead to digital transformation even in the most rural parts of the country.


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