Indian Telecom Provider Partners with HUGHES for Nationwide Satellite LTE Backhaul Network

Reliance Jio, the largest 4G and mobile digital services provider in India, has selected the Hughes JUPITER System from Hughes India to enable satellite connectivity to more than 400 4G/LTE sites in remote and rural locations. Hughes Communications India Limited (HCIL) is a subsidiary of Hughes Network Systems, the global leader in broadband satellite networks and services.

Hughes and Jio were both recognized in Fortune's 2018 Change the World list of the top 10 companies that make a positive social impact as part of their core business strategy. Jio ranked number one on the list for expanding Internet access in India, including via its 4G network, which will leverage JUPITER System technology to connect locations beyond the reach of terrestrial backhaul technology.

According to Jyotindra Thacker, group president, Reliance Jio, after an extensive evaluation of the satellite technology on the market, the company felt strongly that the Hughes JUPITER System, with its high-throughput terminals and future-proof multiservice capabilities will provid the ideal performance and efficiency for supporting connectivity to our 4G/LTE sites. The JUPITER satellite system is key to enabling the company’s vision of providing ubiquitous and seamless connectivity to each and every part of the country and believes Hughes has the experience and expertise to support this large project.

The JUPITER System is a high-performance, field-proven satellite networking solution that backhauls all generations of cellular technologies. The system delivers more than 200 Mbps of TCP throughput per terminal and includes built-in 4G/LTE optimization capability that can yield 30 to 60 percent bandwidth savings versus that of standard satellite backhaul solutions. Under the agreement with Jio, Hughes India will provide a managed service to include network planning, implementation, operation and maintenance.