The government has initiated steps to procure the launch services for under-development GSAT-11 spacecraft which would address rural communication requirements of the country. The Union Cabinet gave its approval for the procurement of launch services and realization of ground segment for GSAT-11 spacecraft at a cost of Rs 1,117 crore. Also Read - Starlink satellite broadband service faces challenge in India, Elon Musk led company questionedAlso Read - Today's Google doodle is all about India's 'satellite man': Here's all you need to know
GSAT-11 will be ready for launch by the end of this year. Considering the 5,600 kg lift-off mass, the satellite will be launched using procured launch vehicle outside the country, an official statement said here. Also Read - ISRO joins hands with MapmyIndia to develop a Google Maps rival
The ground segment is being realized to address the rural communication requirements. This will enable early deployment of GSAT-11 so as to augment Ku-band capacity which can be utilized for various services like VSATS and broadband.
The ground segment of GSAT-11 will enable the utilization of a small portion of the bandwidth for societal services apart from providing in-orbit testing support. It will also provide a high throughput capacity of about 10 Gbps to render broadband connectivity, especially in rural areas.
A communication satellite with 32 high-power spot beams for providing high bandwidth VSAT communication, GSAT-11 is currently under development at Department of Space and ISRO facilities.