TDB-DST to support ‘Giga Mesh’–an Innovative Wireless Product to solve Internet Woes of Rural India

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TDB-DST to support ‘Giga Mesh’–an Innovative Wireless Product to solve Internet Woes of Rural India developed by women-led Startup ‘Astrome Technologies’
TDB-DST to support ‘Giga Mesh’–an Innovative Wireless Product to solve Internet Woes of Rural India developed by women-led Startup ‘Astrome Technologies’
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“TDB supports M/s Astrome Technologies Private Limited, Bengaluru for Productization and Commercialization of ‘GigaMesh Solution for delivery of 4G/5G Telecom and Internet services for Defence and Rural Sectors’

TDB-DST to support ‘Giga Mesh’–an Innovative Wireless Product to solve Internet Woes of Rural India developed by women-led Startup ‘Astrome Technologies’

“TDB supports one more start-up with the innovative idea to make small & cost-effective ‘flat antennas’ to extend internet connectivity from Gram to nearby villages”

“90th Mann Ki Baat fame Ms. Neha Satak, Founder -M/s Astrome Technologies to get support from TDB-DST,”

By PIB Delhi

Digital connectivity is a key factor for overall growth across discrete sectors. The fast-paced life seems to be on hold in the absence of digital connectivity. The way India is emerging globally as a digital economy, it becomes necessary to have seamless internet connectivity across all geographical areas. It does not only help in e-governance, transparency, and ease of doing business but also leads to the socio-economic development of citizens, especially in rural areas.

Keeping the principle of ‘Antyodaya’ as its core guiding force, and the vision of the Hon’ble Prime Minister. The Govt. of India aims to provide internet connectivity to the last person in society. Hence, the major focus is on rural sectors to ensure end-to-end digital connectivity. To achieve this, govt. Is leaving no stone unturned, as the Department of Telecommunication Government of India through ‘USOF’ is already implementing the world’s largest rural connecting program ‘BharatNet’ to connect 2.5 lakh Gram Panchayats with optical fibre, through its SPV ‘BBNL’.

To further enable this, the Technology Development Board, a statutory body of Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India supports M/s Astrome Technologies Private Limited, Bengaluru for the Productization and Commercialization of ‘GigaMesh Solution for delivery of 4G/5G Telecom and Internet services for Defence and Rural Sectors’. The board has been instrumental in the development of a conducive start-up ecosystem by promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in India. Now, to solve the Internet Woes of Rural India, TDB has agreed to provide financial assistance of ₹2.97 crores, out of the total project cost of ₹19.79 crores to M/s Astrome Technologies.

The idea behind the development of GigaMesh is that fiber-like capacity is needed at every telecom site, but deploying the same at each site is not feasible due to cost and access-related constraints. As 5G deployment happens, the number of cell sites will increase and each cell site will require multi-Gbps throughputs. Therefore, telecom deployment in suburban and rural areas will require wireless products that can deliver both capacity and range. To cater to this, Astrome has come up with GigaMesh i.e. ‘The first E-band radio that features Multiple-Point-to-Point (Multi-P2P) communication offering lower CapEx cost & OpEx cost.

In addition, the device can provide up to 40 links with 2+ Gbps capacity each, communicating up to a range of 10 kilometers. This flexibility in range makes it suitable for both decongesting the dense urban networks as well as extending rural coverage. The device is also capable of making the existing infrastructure 5G ready. This revolutionary approach to high-speed multiple point-to-point (Multi-P2P) communication yields up to 6 times a reduction in capital expenditure (CapEx) per link as compared to the state-of-the-art point-to-point (P2P) wireless solutions.

Sh. Rajesh Kumar Pathak, IP&TAFSSecretary, TDB, said that “As 5G deployment is just about to start in India, after 5G spectrum auction, coupled with the fact that TSPs/MNOs are facing fund crunch to meet its CapEx & OpEx requirement. Hence, the low-cost network solution is ‘the need of the hour. The ‘GigaMesh’ technology will go a long way to achieve the objectives of cost-effective network solutions for countries like India, especially for rural areas. We at TDB are rightly poised to handhold such technology startups, who aim to make unique contributions to ‘AatmaNirbharta’.”

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Suman Munshi

Founder Editor of IBG NEWS (15/Mar/2012- 09/Aug/2018). Recipient of Udar Akash Rokeya Shakhawat Hossain Award 2018. National Geographic & Canon Wild Clicks 2011 jury and public poll winner. Studied Post Graduate Advance Dip in Computer Sc., MBA IT,LIMS (USA & Australia), GxP(USA & UK),BA (Sociology) Dip in Journalism (Ireland), Diploma in Vedic Astrology, Numerology, Palmistry, Vastu Shastra & Feng Sui 25 years in the digital & IT industry with Global MNCs' worked & traveled in USA, UK, Europe, Singapore, Australia, Bangladesh & many other countries. Education and Training advance management and R&D Technology from India, USA, UK, Australia. Over 30 Certification from Global leaders in R&D and Education. Computer Science Teacher, IT & LIMS expert with a wide fan following in his community. General Secretary West Bengal State Committee of All Indian Reporter’s Association
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