With the introduction of Reliance Jio, people have got easy access to Internet with cheaper rates. Even the other network operators like Vodafone and Airtel were forced to reduce their prices after facing cut-throat competition from Jio. Not only cheaper rates, Jio also gifted us with faster speed. However, there are still several parts in the country where it is tough to find good internet connection.
A man named Prasad Bhat shared a similar story who whenever visits his family in Shimoga which is 6 hours away from Bengaluru, finds it difficult to find an Internet connection. Forget about download or uploading anything, you can't even make a basic Google search in that area.
Well, this isn't a single man's story, we all have faced similar situations at some time. However, an Indian Startup named Astrome is working on to permanently tackle this problem. Prasad Bhat and Neha Satak are leading an 18 members team at a lab in the Indian Institute of Science (IISc). They are aiming to launch 200 micro-satellites into space, which will send you Internet that is ‘fast, reliable, available everywhere, and life-changing’, as the website says.
This will be achieved in 3 ways:
1- The satellites will power the existing cellular towers.
2- People can buy a set top box and install an antenna for fixed-point uses at homes or offices.
3- Only one person can purchase this set up and redistribute the Internet to an entire locality.
The start up is expected to send their first satellite in space next year and the rest by year 2021.
Bhat says, “63 per cent of Indians live in rural areas and the rest in cities and 5-6 per cent of land is all where our traditional, optic fibre grids are concentrated”.
He said, “But the demand for Internet is increasing in rural markets at a rate of 30-40 per cent, per year. Now if this demand goes unmet, people will migrate to cities."
“The capacity of each of our satellites is 100Gbps. So if each user was to consume 10Mbps, each satellite can serve about a lakh people. To meet the demand of India alone, we’ll need to send some 10,000 satellites, " he told a leading daily.