broadband Current Affairs - 2020

China launched Commercial Communication Satellite ‘APSTAR-6D’, 18th Rocket Launched by China in 2020

From the LaunchPad 3 of the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre, China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC- the sole commercial organization for providing commercial satellite launch services of the Chinese Government) had successfully launched the communication satellite ‘APSTAR-6D’ on 9th July 2020.

CAST- China Academy of Space Technology (a subsidiary company of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation) has developed the commercial satellite ‘APSTAR-6D’. From CAST, the satellite was purchased by APT Mobile SatCom Limited for providing satellite broadband telecommunication services.

APSTAR-6D marked the 18th Rocket Launched by China in the year 2020.

Background

The development of Satellite APSTAR-6D was started back in August 2016 following the launch contract signed by the APT Satellite Company Limited (parent organization of APT SatCom Limited) with CGWIC- China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC is a subsidiary of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation).

APSTAR-6D

The lifespan of APSTAR-6D is of 15 years. Launch Mass of the Satellite was around 5,550 Kg. The Satellite was launched by Long March-3B carrier rocket and will be stationed at 134 degrees in Geosynchronous orbit.

The APSTAR-6D Satellite will be used for providing optimized high-quality voice and broadband data services for users and as well as aircraft and maritime routes in the Indo-Pacific region.

APSTAR-6D is a part of Chin’s First Global High-Throughput Broadband Satellite Communication System.

Free Wi-Fi services provided to all villages till 2020

On December 25, 2019, Union Minister of Communication and IT Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad inaugurated “Digital Village Guruwara”. During the launch, it was announced that the Government has planned to offer free Wi-Fi services to all villages till March 2020.

Highlights

The Government of India has so far connected 1,30,000-gram panchayats through Bharatnet. More than 50,000 Gram Panchayat are yet to be connected. The government is working under the current target that at least 15% of villages are to be digitalized in next four years. The free Wi-Fi services are being announced under Bharatnet project.

The GoI in June 2018 announced that all gram panchayats will receive broadband connectivity by 2020. However, the connectivity has been made free now.

Bharatnet Project

The initiative was launched in 2011. Under the initiative, 100 Mbps speed internet were to be provided to around 2.5 lakh Gram Panchayats. The aim is to increase their speed to around 2 to 20 Mbps in the future to all households in rural areas.

The project is a National Optical Fibre Network project. It is seen as a major initiative in order to succeed Digital India. It is being implemented by the Ministry of Telecommunications.