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ISRO to Provide Internet Services in 80 Remote Tribal Villages

Why is it in the news?

  • The Ministry of Tribal Affairs plans to partner with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to deploy V-SAT stations on a pilot basis.
  • The initiative aims to provide internet services to approximately 80 tribal villages located in geographically remote and challenging areas that have lacked connectivity for an extended period.
About V-SAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 V-SAT is a two-way satellite ground station equipped with a dish antenna ranging from 75 cm to 1.2 meters in size.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Facilitates two-way communication via satellite, relaying data between small remote Earth stations (terminals) and other terminals or central Earth station hubs.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Capable of handling both narrowband data (e.g., credit card transactions, polling) and broadband data (e.g., satellite internet access, VoIP).

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Used to provide connectivity to remote locations, support transportable or on-the-move communications, and enable mobile maritime communication.

Advantages of V-SAT:

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 No physical network needed, reducing the risk of structural issues and eliminating the need for extensive infrastructure.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Can operate independently, serving as a backup for wired networks in case of failure.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Easy deployment in remote locations with minimal infrastructure requirements.

Disadvantages of V-SAT:

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Latency issues due to the time delay in signals traveling between space and the ground, particularly noticeable in two-way communication.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Signal quality may be affected by weather conditions and obstructions like buildings or trees, causing signal distortion between the satellite and earth station.


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