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SatCom to play important role to enable internet connectivity to 1.2 billion Indians: Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Union Minister of State for Electronics & IT

Speaking at the India Space Congress 2022Rajeev Chandrasekhar – Union Minister of State for Electronics & IT said that the government is undertaking various collaborative measures to enhance “underlying technologies like microelectronic, semiconductor etc., to increase internet penetration.” The Minister mentioned“SatCom is key for delivery of quality internet. It will play an important role to enable internet connectivity to 1.2 billion Indians by 2025-26.” Rajeev Chandrasekhar harped “Ubiquitous, Bandwidth and Latency of the Internet is the Core of Trillion Dollar.” He added, “Internet is accelerating the digital economy with satellite playing an important part.”

Addressing the India Space Congress 2022, Arvind Kumar, Director General – STPI, said, “Satellite communication is key for disaster management and climate assessment data. Unhindered connectivity is required in emergency situations and satcom is the vital thread. STPI is incubating various startups who are working towards creating solutions for critical situations using satcom.”

India is at the cusp of space technology revolution and with recent reforms, the space industry has received an impetus for multi-fold growth. Speaking at the India Space Congress 2022, R. Umamaheswaran, Director – Human Space Flight Centre, ISRO, said“The opening up of the space industry post the reforms have seen an increased participation by private players in the space industry. However, we need to keep in mind the growth of the electronics industry is key to the growth of the space industry.” He further added, “As we are witnessing increased traffic in LEO, the industry needs to look at design and tech solutions that will not hinder the view and work of the astronomers.”

Umamaheswaran further added, “We are working on our first human flight to space by end 2024 or early 2025, for which astronauts are undergoing training in Bengaluru.”

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