BSNL inks deals with SoftBank-backed OneWeb for satellite capacity


MUMBAI: Government-run telecommunications company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), which markets its broadband service as Data One, is talking to Greg Wyler’s proposed OneWeb satellite constellation about leasing capacity, according to Advanced-television.com.

The plan is reportedly to “revolutionise” India’s broadband coverage by taking capacity from Japanese media conglomerate SoftBank, which is backing OneWeb. BSNL has reportedly signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with SoftBank.

BSNL is quoted as being extremely enthusiastic about the prospects with chairman Anupam Shrivastava saying: “OneWeb is a newly conceived idea. SoftBank is coming up with 850 LEO satellites to cover every nook and corner of the earth with each satellite facing a land mass every time.” He added that: “If it succeeds, it has the potential to disrupt all telecom service providers worldwide. This technology will only need a gateway to pump bandwidth and distribute anywhere in the world.”

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