Eutelsat OneWeb secures authorization for commercial satellite broadband services in India

OneWeb has announced that it has received authorization from IN-SPACe, the agency of the Government of India, responsible for regulating space activities and granting authorization for conducting the space activities in the country, to launch Eutelsat OneWeb’s commercial satellite broadband services in India. 

It is the first organization to be granted this authorization.  Eutelsat OneWeb said that it will be ready to launch commercial connectivity services as soon the spectrum allocation has been granted by the Government.

OneWeb India already holds the necessary licences from the Department of Telecommunications to provide broadband services using satellite connectivity.

The company has also obtained in principle approval to establish and operate two gateways in Gujarat and Tamil Nadu, which would secure the provision of vital high-speed, low-latency internet connectivity to customers across India, once services are rolled out.

Commenting on this, Bharti Group Chairman and Vice-President (Co-Chair) of the Board of Directors of Eutelsat Group, Sunil Bharti Mittal, said:

We are pleased to note the Indian space regulator’s green light to launch Eutelsat OneWeb’s commercial satellite broadband services in India. This will be a critical step forward to meet India’s ambition of providing internet connectivity for all and will enable the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of Digital India. Eutelsat OneWeb is ready to deploy as soon as it receives the final spectrum authorization to launch commercial services.

Cyril Dujardin, Co-General Manager of Connectivity at Eutelsat Group, said:

Bridging the connectivity gap around the world requires collaboration across business but also with governments and regulators. We are pleased to have received these approvals from the space regulator that bring the country a significant step closer to providing high speed connectivity to even the most remote locations. Having completed our LEO constellation last year, we are perfectly placed to deliver this vital connectivity service to businesses across India.

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