Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has selected Israeli satellite transmission firm NOVELSAT to provide high-capacity satellite-based backhaul and broadband services to Lakshadweep, Andaman, and Nicobar Islands under a Universal Service Obligation (USO) project funded by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT).

The contract was awarded by System Integrator Precision Electronics Ltd (PEL) on behalf of BSNL.

BSNL is looking to increase its network capacity to address growing demand for broadband amidst sharp rise in data consumption across users and locations.

As per the terms of the partnership, BSNL will use NOVELSAT’s Xnet Data Hub system for flexibility in its growing network.

NOVELSAT partnered with PEL to offer its solution to BSNL. PEL brings in network elements like networking gear, antenna & indoor/outdoor electronics, and overall systems integration beyond the core satellite hub and remote solution from NOVELSAT.

Commenting on the development, Sanjay Kumar, GM (Radio) at BSNL, said, “BSNL’s network requires the highest levels of network quality and flexibility. NOVELSAT’s proven track record, combined with its leading-edge technology, allow us to rapidly expand our network and offer better services to our customers. NOVELSAT has been selected to meet our challenge of providing highly efficient and reliable broadband connectivity between our country’s islands and the mainland. With this solution we are supporting the goal of accelerating the economic growth and bettering the life of the islands population.”

Meanwhile, Gary Drutin, CEO of NOVELSAT, said, “We are honored to play a part in the rollout of enhanced broadband connectivity to the people of Lakshadweep, Andaman, and Nicobar Islands, and we are committed to supporting BSNL during these challenging times, as it implements its network development. The BSNL deployment is a great example of the benefits offered by NOVELSAT’s Xnet data hub system, delivering a high capacity, scalable solution with maximum performance and efficiency.”