"It is difficult to provide bandwidth connectivity to Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep through cables. BSNL has selected Hughes India to provide satellite connectivity in these islands. It is Rs 40-crore contract for a period of seven years," Shivaji Chatterjee, SVP and Head, Enterprise Business, Hughes India, told PTI.
With Hughes India, BSNL plans to expand satellite bandwidth in Andaman and Nicobar to 400 times the current capacity in two years and has already augmented available bandwidth in the island region from 240 Mbps to 1 Gbps.
Under the deal, Hughes India supplied BSNL with satellite terminals and modems for voice, data, and video communications as well as high-speed satellite backhaul capacity to extend network coverage in the region.
"The bandwidth will vary as per demand around the hub. We are confident that this partnership will enable the residents, tourists, government and armed forces on the islands to enjoy unmatched connectivity and internet experience while also serving India's strategic interest in the region," Chatterjee said.