April 27: Aimed at leasing out broadband bandwidth from OneWeb’s low earth orbit (LEO) communication satellites to disrupt the telecom technology landscape in India, Softbank held talks with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL). The disruption will be made using low latency internet and voice services.
Anupam Shrivastava, Chairman, BSNL, has been quoted as saying by a news report that executives of the company have prepared a presentation revealing how they plan to use the satellite space which offers huge volume of bandwidth with low latency. This can be used for consumers at the same time it can also be used for enterprise voice data services.
OneWeb founder Greg Wyler, Airbus, SoftBank, and Bill Gates have joined hands to establish a constellation of low orbit satellites, over the earth’s surface, at an altitude ranging between 150 – 200 km in order to provide mobile broadband services. SoftBank has over 40% share in OneWeb.
Stating that OneWeb is a newly conceived idea, Anupam Shrivastava said that SoftBank is coming up with 850 LEO satellites to cover the nook and corner of earth. Last week, a high level delegation of state – owned company, headed by Anupam Shrivastava met the top executives and CTO of SoftBank in Japan.
As similar methods offering broadband are not permitted in India, the company will have to wait for approval from regulators and the government in order to establish this technology. OneWeb is a very disruptive technology and only need a gateway to pump bandwidth and distribute it anywhere in the world, Anupam Shrivastava has reportedly said.
As per the statements made by Anupam Shrivastava, the company is likely to establish the grand project in three phases in the approaching five years. The upcoming technology, according to Anupam Shrivastava is likely to be enhanced than that of the currently used GSM and optical fibre cable platforms.