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Help Hughes boosts satellite TV coverage for rural India
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Rural India’s internet and direct to home (DTH) TV connections may receive a boost after Hughes Communications announced plans to increase its satellite capacity over the subcontinent.

The US company, which was acquired for US$2 billion by broadcaster EchoStar Corp earlier this month, will reportedly provide a dedicated satellite system for broadband and broadcast services in India.

“Hughes has an extensive fleet of owned and leased satellites that reach key emerging markets, but it is mulling an investment in a high-speed satellite system to spruce up broadband coverage over India,” Pranav Roach, president of Hughes Network Systems India told The Economic Times.

“This business model was recently tested in the US and can easily be replicated to deliver broadband across rural India. This can also be used to support the broadcasting business by leveraging EchoStar’s strengths,” he added.

Hughes has been selected to deliver satellite-based broadband connectivity to around 21 million homes in the US that terrestrial high speed broadband networks had failed to reach. It now believes that a similar model could work in India, and additionally provide broadcasting-related applications for both individuals and companies, according to the Economic Times.

The parent’s three local subsidiaries - Hughes Communications India, Hughes Network Systems India, and Hughes Systique - would reportedly develop applications and content for the project in areas such as e-education, e-governance, telemedia and banking.

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