India will soon be able to experience broadband speeds up to 100Gbps across the country. Speaking at the ninth convocation of Gitam university on Saturday, Dr K Sivan, chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation said the country will get access to high speed gigabit broadband in the next few years.
India has the world’s second largest internet user base but in terms of broadband penetration, India ranks only 76th in the world. At the convocation, Sivan said that Isro has already launched GSAT-19 in June 2017 and plans to launch GSAT-11 and GSAT-29 this year while GSAT-20 will be launched early next year. “All these are high throughput satellites and together they will provide more than 100 Gbps high bandwidth connectivity across the country which will help bridge the digital divide,” Sivan said while addressing the attendees at the convocation.
The Isro confirmed also confirmed that the government of India has approved Rs 10,900 crore for 30 PSLVs and 10 GSLV Mk-3 to launched in the next four years. This is in addition to more than 50 spacecrafts the agency plans to launch. The press release issued by Gitam, the Isro chairman also received honorary degree of doctor of science during the convocation.
Sivan also highlighted how government’s increased investment into space research is an opportunity for the industry and academic to collaborate. “There is major opportunity for indigenization of avionics. And, we are not only interested to engage with established industries but we also would like to see start-ups taking up the challenge. Isro recently established a capacity building programme office to widen the participation of academia and industry in the space sector,” Sivan added.
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According to a report by The Times of India, Gitam (deemed to be university) offered three PhD degrees and over 1,017 graduate and post-graduate degrees during the convocation. Isro is also planning to establish space technology incubation centers across the country.