BSNL Connects Andaman & Nicobar, Lakshadweep Islands to Mainland Using Satellite Bandwidth

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), which is known for helping the government in various projects such as BharatNet, setting up connectivity in North Eastern part has today announced the improvement of connectivity in Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep by connecting them to the mainland. BSNL has augmented satellite bandwidth in A&N Islands from 240 Mbps to 1 Gbps. Further, the bandwidth augmentation work is in progress, and 2 Gbps bandwidth connection will be established by December 2018. Coming to the Lakshadweep Islands, the bandwidth has been augmented from 102 Mbps to 354 Mbps. Due to this increase in bandwidth, the citizens of these Islands, as well as tourists, will be able to get faster internet service going forward.


N K Mehta, Director (Enterprise), BSNL, stated that “BSNL is expanding its connectivity and coverage to far-flung areas of the country. We are proud to connect India effectively without taking decisions only on a commercial basis.”

Furthermore, he informed that BSNL is in the process of connecting Andaman & Nicobar islands on Optical Fibre Submarine Cable link from Chennai to Port Blair and seven other islands namely- Hutbay, Car Nicobar, Kamorta, Campbell Bay, Havelock, Long and Rangat. BSNL is hoping that this project will be completed within the next two years and the expected initial capacity of these links will be 400 Gbps.

This is a significant move from the government-owned PSU and will surely improve the network experience for the citizens in these islands.

Very recently, BSNL announced its VSAT Satellite Gateways at Yeur and Sikandrabad located in Maharashtra and Bulandshahar in UP. With these gateways, BSNL aims to provide high-speed internet up to 100 Mbps. These gateways will allow BSNL to roll out high-speed broadband services in North Eastern states such as Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal, Uttarakhand and other left-wing extremism affected states such as Chhattisgarh, Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand.

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June 27, 2018 9:36 am 9:36 AM

What kind of joke is this. I stay in Andaman n I am hearing this undersea cable story from many years. If v get 5kbps speed v feel ourself lucky. In the age of internet v r living life of Stone age. Now bsnl is spreading it’s wing bcoz jio is working hard to cover this islands. Normally I read news headlines bcoz v can’t open any site, but I waited 15min to comment on this.

Priyansh Singh
June 28, 2018 3:08 pm 3:08 PM

Are the Wireless Operators (AirTel, Jio, !dea & Vodafone) not providing the Services in the Islands? If so what is the Reliability on Coverage & Data Speeds. I know you would’ve a hard time commenting on this. Please bear with me.

June 29, 2018 7:14 pm 7:14 PM

I live in Havelock Island of Andman’s there is nothing called speed or reliability. What’s app barely loads. Calls don’t get connected quick.

Broadband speed is around 125kbps on a good day.

Sometimes for hours together there won’t be any service on phone.

Submarine cable I have been hearing it past 7 years. Nothing has been done.

All the above feedback is for BSNL only provide which has voice all over.

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June 26, 2018 7:18 pm 7:18 PM

BSNL 2G voice coverage la THALA DAA.

Thala poela varumaa?.

June 26, 2018 7:18 pm 7:18 PM

Where are the paid bashers against BSNL?.

June 27, 2018 12:54 pm 12:54 PM

They can’t hear you over you 0.3mbps uplink.