Nelco and Telesat bring LEO network to India
A “next generation satellite constellation” is planned for India, following a partnership agreement between national satellite provider Nelco and global brand Telesat.
Nelco and Telesat will collaborate on terrestrial facilities, commercial distribution and regulatory frameworks to offer connectivity in India via Telesat LEO satellites. This will draw on Telesat’s global, priority Ka-band spectrum rights and patent-pending architecture to “fundamentally transform global communications”.
Specifically, the Telesat LEO Network in India is expected to support 4G/5G backhaul, mobile hotspots, distance education, telemedicine, village connectivity, as well as maritime and inflight connectivity
Commenting on the development, P J Nath, MD & CEO of Nelco, said: “Considering the huge potential for Satcom services growth in the country in the coming years, we are continuously exploring the latest satellite technologies to bring better value to our customers and expand the market. We believe that our partnership with Telesat will help in bringing LEO satellites into the country, which has the potential to revolutionise connectivity in the future”.
The Telesat LEO constellation will provide “complete coverage of India and superior enterprise connectivity in the country, subject to the necessary regulatory clearances,” according to the two operators. The next generation technology incorporated includes data processing in space, phased array antennas and optical inter-satellite links.
Michael Schwartz, Telesat’s SVP of corporate and business development added: “We are honoured to collaborate with Nelco, a highly innovative and respected enterprise connectivity leader in India.
“Telesat LEO’s secure, high throughput, low-latency network will bring unsurpassed performance and flexibility for enterprise applications and extend the reach of terrestrial networks throughout India.”