HCI launches first HTS broadband service across India

10 October 2022

Hughes Communications India Private Limited (HCI) has announced the commercial launch of India’s first high throughput satellite (HTS) broadband service.

The HTS broadband service delivers high-speed broadband across the country, including in remote areas beyond the reach of terrestrial networks. It supports applications including Wi-Fi hotspots for community internet access, backhaul to extend mobile reach, managed SD-WAN solutions, as well as satellite internet for small businesses.

The service combines Ku-band capacity from the Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO’s) GSAT-11 and GSAT-29 satellites with Hughes JUPITER Platform ground technology.

“With support from ISRO, we are happy to announce the commercial launch of India’s first HTS broadband service. Available countrywide, HTS broadband from Hughes underscores our long-standing commitment to bridging the digital divide, delivering multi-megabit high-speed broadband at affordable rates,” said Partho Banerjee, president and managing director, HCI. “This new broadband service will address connectivity gaps, improve network performance, and support the high bandwidth requirements of government organisations, financial companies, cellular operators, mining and energy companies, among other businesses, large and small, helping to connect India to a limitless future.”

“Thanks to the continuous efforts by the Government of India, there is growing optimism and excitement about enhancing public-private partnership in India’s space ecosystem. At ISRO we are committed to exploring and expanding the ways we can work with the private sector to help improve people’s lives and bridge the digital divide,” said S Somnath, secretary, Department of Space, and chairman, Indian Space Research Organization. “With the new HTS capabilities powered by ISRO satellites, we are confident that HCI will continue to deliver excellent quality satellite broadband services and further enhance the connectivity experience that accelerates India’s digital transformation.”