The Rise of Satellite Internet Providers in India

Connecting India from Above: The Rise of Satellite Internet Providers

Satellite Internet Providers in India

In the vast and varied landscape of India, where the terrain can range from the Himalayan peaks to the coastal plains, providing consistent internet connectivity is a formidable challenge. Enter the era of satellite internet—a game-changer for bridging the digital divide and connecting the unconnected. Here’s a look at the key players in India’s satellite internet scene.

Hughes Communications India: A Trailblazer in Satellite Internet

Hughes Communications India has been a prominent name in providing satellite internet services across the country. With the launch of high-throughput satellite (HTS) services in collaboration with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Hughes has taken a significant step in offering high-speed internet to remote areas, thus catalyzing digital inclusivity[1][3][4].

OneWeb: The New Kid on the Block

OneWeb, in partnership with Hughes, is set to provide broadband connections across India. With a recent successful launch of 36 internet satellites into orbit, OneWeb is gearing up to be a major player in the satellite internet market, promising to deliver connectivity to every corner of the country[2][8][10].

Starlink: The Global Contender

While not yet operational in India, Starlink, Elon Musk’s satellite broadband venture, has been making waves globally. Despite the Indian government’s warning against subscribing to Starlink services due to regulatory hurdles, the interest it has generated speaks volumes about the potential demand for satellite internet in the country[18].

JioSpaceFiber: The Ambitious Entrant

Reliance Jio has demonstrated its satellite-based gigabit fiber service, JioSpaceFiber, at IMC2023. This initiative is a clear indication of Jio’s ambition to tap into the satellite internet market and provide high-speed connectivity solutions[11].

AST SpaceMobile: The Dark Horse

Backed by Vodafone, AST SpaceMobile is eyeing the Indian market with its satellite broadband services. The company has opened an R&D center, signaling its commitment to establishing a presence in India[13].

The Future of Satellite Internet in India

The Indian satellite internet market is poised for growth, with significant investments from both domestic and international players. The government’s push for digital India and the need for reliable internet in remote areas are driving the demand for satellite internet services. As technology advances and more players enter the market, we can expect satellite internet to become a mainstream connectivity solution, ensuring that every Indian, irrespective of their geographic location, has access to the digital world.


Satellite internet providers are revolutionizing the way India connects to the internet. With the promise of high-speed, reliable internet from the skies, the future looks bright for digital connectivity in India. As these providers continue to expand their services, we can anticipate a more connected and digitally empowered Indian populace.


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