Reliance Jio’s Satellite-Based Gigabit Fiber Service, JioSpaceFiber, Nears India Launch

According to reports, Reliance Jio’s JioSpaceFiber, the anticipated satellite-based gigabit fiber service, could soon launch in India pending approvals from the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe). The telecom giant has reportedly fulfilled all necessary submissions to IN-SPACe, marking a significant step toward becoming the country’s first satellite-based giga-fiber internet service. Approval requires security clearances and nods from various ministries.

Sources suggest that Jio is on track to secure the green light from IN-SPACe, positioning it to offer satellite communication services domestically. The telecom operator showcased its JioSpaceFiber technology at the 2023 India Mobile Congress, emphasizing connectivity to remote locations in Gir (Gujarat), Korba (Chattisgarh), Nabarangpur (Odisha), and ONGC-Jorhat (Assam).

For satellite internet connectivity in India, Jio has partnered with Luxembourg-based Société Européenne des Satellites (SES), utilizing SES’s O3b and O3b mPOWER satellites in medium earth orbit (MEO). JioSpaceFiber’s potential launch positions it in competition with Starlink, OneWeb by Eutelsat Group, and Amazon’s Project Kuiper, all eyeing entry into the Indian market. Despite the impending launch, Jio is yet to officially announce its satellite internet service plans.