Bengaluru-based company’s ‘GigaMesh’ solution to secure government financial aid, to help expand rural 5G connectivity

The government has decided to provide financial assistance to a company based in Bengaluru for the extension of 4G and 5G services in rural areas through its “GigaMesh” solution.

The Technology Development Board, a statutory body of the central government’s Department of Science and Technology, has agreed to support Astrome Technologies Private Limited for the “production and marketing” of the “GigaMesh solution for the provision of telecommunications and 4G/5G Internet for defense and rural sectors”. , said the Ministry of Science and Technology in a press release published on Saturday, July 23.

The council, according to the ministry, has been instrumental in developing a conducive start-up ecosystem by promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in India.

“To address rural India’s internet problems, TDB has agreed to provide financial assistance of Rs 2.97 crore, out of the total project cost of Rs 19.79 crore to Astrome Technologies,” the ministry said. .

The idea behind the development of GigaMesh is that fiber-like capacity is needed at every telecom site, but deploying the same at every site is not feasible, due to cost and capacity constraints. access.

As 5G rolls out, the number of cell sites will increase and each cell site will require multi-Gbps speeds, the ministry said.

Therefore, telecommunications deployment in suburban and rural areas will require wireless products capable of providing both capacity and range.

To address this, Astrome has developed “GigaMesh, i.e. the first E-band radio that offers point-to-multiple point-to-point (Multi-P2P) communication with lower CapEx cost and OpEx cost”, the ministry said.

Additionally, the device can provide up to 40 links with a capacity of 2+ Gbps each, communicating up to a range of 10 kilometers. This range flexibility makes it suitable for both decongesting dense urban networks and extending rural coverage, the device is also capable of preparing existing 5G infrastructure, he added.

According to the ministry, this revolutionary approach to high-speed point-to-multiple (Multi-P2P) communication allows up to six times lower capital expenditure (CapEx) per link compared to state-of-the-art point. . point-to-point (P2P) wireless solutions.

Laura J. Boyer