Dec 11, 1999|
Providing (band)width to ISPs
Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have been given the freedom to use foreign satellites and KU-band for Internet connectivity. Besides, V-Sat operators have also been allowed to use Ku-band, in addition to the existing C and extended-C band for their operations.
Till now, all private ISPs could only use the gateways of VSNL and DOT/MTNL for Internet connectivity.
The latest move will pave the way for ISPs to directly connect to the Net via satellite through their own gateways and also provide services through Very Small Aperture Terminals (V-Sats).
Satellites are increasingly being viewed as a means of providing broadband access. The usual set-up is for the upstream signal (e.g. the subscriber to the Internet) to be transmitted via the telephone line, while the heavy bandwidth downlink is provided via satellite. Satellite downlink can offer massive bandwidth at speeds upto 45 Mbps from a Ku-band beam from a geostationary satellite or even more from future Low Earth Orbit Satellites.
Satellite broadband delivery is very efficient and cost effective: a satellite beam can cover very large areas and connection can be provided easily with no need to roll out extensive terrestrial plant and equipment.
The decision on freeing ISP connectivity norms paves the way for the setting up of private Internet gateways by companies like Bharti BT Internet, Satyam, Global Electronic Communication Systems etc. Besides, private ISPs will be free to bypass VSNL and be free to choose the media –based on commercial considerations.
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