Gram Panchayats in Jharkhand will be connected to satellite broadband network. This work has been assigned to Hughes India, which will connect each gram panchayat with internet service using capabilities of GSAT-19 and GSAT-11 satellites of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) with Hughes Jupiter system. The government targets connecting all 2.5 lakh gram panchayats of the country with high speed broadband service by August 2021.
Government of India has selected Hughes Communications to connect 5,000 gram panchayats of border areas and Naxal-affected states and island areas under the BharatNet project with satellite broadband network. These gram panchayats will be connected by satellite broadband by March 2021 as per information given by Hughes Communications on Tuesday.
The company said that BharatNet network has been prepared by Bharat Broadband Corporation Limited (BBNL). Under this, citizens and institutions of all gram panchayats of the country will be connected to high-speed broadband network. A spokesman for Hughes said that under this project, gram panchayats of Naxalite violence affected states of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand will also be connected to satellite broadband network.