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Indian Military Space: Hughes India And Sterlite Tech Enable Satcom Connectivity For Indian Navy

The Indian Ocean Region (IOR). Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

Hughes Communications India has been selected to provide a high-performance satellite broadband system for India’s Naval Communication Network (NCN).

Sterlite Tech, a global data network solutions company, chose the Hughes system to deliver C- and Ku-band satellite services as part of its hybrid IP-MPLS (Internet Protocol – Multi Protocol Label Switching) network. Under the year-long contract of Rs 100 crore (U.S.$14.4 million), HCIL will supply the solution to power broadband satellite services across the Navy’s mainland and island sites.

“With Hughes advanced and globally used satellite systems, we will bring in ease of network management through seamless connectivity even in tough and remote island terrains for the Indian Navy. We are happy to work with Hughes to execute this project boosting national security,” said KS Rao, CEO – Telecom Services Business, Sterlite Tech.

“We are proud to have been awarded this critical communications infrastructure project by Sterlite Tech,” said Shivaji Chatterjee, senior vice president and head of Enterprise Business, HCIL.

“A testament to our in-country record of delivering leading technology solutions, this project will support homeland security for the country, and our Navy will benefit from an improved voice, video and data experience across fixed and mobile sites.”

The Hughes satellite network will power primary service for the Navy’s island locations as well as auxiliary service for its mainland sites. Designed and optimized for carrier-grade IP broadband networking and specialized applications, the Hughes ground system scales from hundreds to thousands of high-performance remote terminals.

Designed, built and managed by Sterlite Tech, the systems integrator for the Navy’s digital network, the NCN is part of the Network For Spectrum (NFS) project.

NFS is a strategic project rolled out for Ministry of Defence users to facilitate the growth of national teledensity and ensure availability of a robust, state-of-the-art communication infrastructure for Indian Armed Forces. The NFS project was envisaged to boost the communication capabilities of Indian armed forces and enhance national operational preparedness.

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