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Jio forms joint venture with SES to provide satellite-based broadband services in India

Highlights

  • Jio has tied up with SES for affordable broadband services in India
  • The telecom operator will leverage SES’s satellite technology
  • The joint venture will develop an extensive gateway infrastructure to provide services within India

Digital services company Jio Platforms has joined hands with Luxembourg based SES, a world leader in satellite-based content connectivity solutions company. The partnership will enable Jio to provide satellite-based broadband services in India. 

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Jio Platforms and SES will own 51 and 49 percent equity stake respectively in the joint venture. Jio will make use of SES that has over 70 satellites in two different orbits providing video and data services to customers across the world. 

Jio announces joint venture with SES for broadband services in India

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Both Jio Platforms and SES will use multi-orbit space networks i.e. a combination of geostationary (GEO) and medium earth orbit (MEO) satellite constellations to deliver multi-gigabit links and capacity to enterprises, mobile backhaul, and retail customers across the country. SES will offer up to 100 Gbps capacity and will leverage Jio’s premier position and sales reach to unlock the market opportunity. The joint venture is said to leverage SES-12 GEO satellite and O3b mPOWER MEO constellation to extend and complement Jio’s increasing access to digital services and applications. 

In a statement, Jio Director, Akash Ambani said said, “While we continue to expand our fibre-based connectivity and FTTH business and invest in 5G, this new joint venture with SES will further accelerate the growth of multigigabit broadband. With additional coverage and capacity offered by satellite communications services, Jio will be able to connect the remotest towns and villages, enterprises, government establishments, and consumers to the new Digital India. We are excited about this new journey combining our massive reach and customer base with SES’s innovative leadership and expertise in the satellite industry.”

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