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TDB to support GigaMesh to solve 4G & 5G woes in rural India

The GigaMesh technology will significantly contribute to India's goal of developing affordable high-speed internet network solutions, particularly for rural areas
TDB to support GigaMesh to solve 4G & 5G woes in rural India
TDB to support GigaMesh to solve 4G & 5G woes in rural India (Representational image: Shutterstock)

In order to further facilitate 4G and 5G internet connectivity in rural areas, the Government of India’s Technology Development Board, a statutory body within the Department of Science & Technology, will support Bengaluru-based, Astrome Technologies in their efforts to produce and market its GigaMesh Solution for the delivery of 4G and 5G telecom and internet services for defence and rural sectors. Through its promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship in India, the board has played a crucial role in the creation of a favourable startup ecosystem. TDB has now agreed to contribute Rs 2.97 crores out of its total project cost of Rs 19.79 crores to Astrome Technologies.

The aim behind the development of GigaMesh is that every telecom site requires fibre-like capacity, but deploying the same at each site is not practical due to financial and access-related restrictions. The number of cell sites will grow as 5G is deployed, and each cell site will need many Gbps of throughput. Therefore, wireless devices that can supply both capacity and range will be needed for telecom deployment in semi-urban and rural areas. To address this, Astrome has developed GigaMesh, the first e-band radio with multiple-point-to-point (Multi-P2P) connectivity that has lower capital expenditure (CapEx) and operational expenditure (OpEx).

Additionally, the system may deliver up to 40 lines with a capacity of 2+ Gbps each, enabling communication across a distance of up to 10 kilometres. With its adaptability in range, the device can make the current infrastructure 5G ready while also decongesting the congested urban networks and extending rural coverage. In comparison to the most advanced point-to-point (P2P) wireless systems, this ground-breaking method of high-speed multiple point-to-point (Multi-P2P) communication results in a 6 times decrease in capital expenditure per link.

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Speaking on the technological intervention, Rajesh Kumar Pathak, Secretary, Technology Development Board, said, “After the 5G spectrum auction, 5G deployment is poised to begin in India, and TSPs and MNOs are struggling to raise enough money to cover their CapEx and OpEx needs. The low-cost network solution is thus needed now. The GigaMesh technology will significantly contribute to India’s goal of developing affordable network solutions, particularly for rural areas. We at TDB, are ideally positioned to support such technology startups that seek to contribute in a distinctive way to Aatma Nirbharta (self-reliance).”

The way India is growing as a digital economy around the world, seamless internet connectivity is required everywhere. It promotes the socio-economic growth of citizens, especially in rural areas, in addition to e-governance, transparency, and ease of doing business.

The Government of India is focussing to connect every member of the community in the rural areas with high-speed internet. As a result, rural areas are the main focus of efforts to ensure complete digital access. To reach this goal, Department of Telecommunication, Government of India, is already implementing the largest rural connecting programme in the world, known as ‘BharatNet,’ to connect 2.5 lakh gram panchayats with an optical fibre network, through its special purpose vehicle (SPV), Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL).

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