A top officials and engineers's team of ISRO stationed in the Guiana Space Centre, South America is going to launch the heaviest Indian communication satellite, GSAT-11.
The satellite having a weight of 5,854 kg is almost double the biggest one built or launched by ISRO to date, it will ride up on European launch vehicle Ariane 5 ECA. The satellite and the launch fee have cost ISRO INR 1,200 crore.
GSAT-11 is part of ISRO's new family of high-throughput communication satellite (HTS) fleet that will drive the country's Internet broadband from space to untouched areas.
GSAT-11, along with two HTSs - GSAT-29 (November 14) and GSAT-19 (June 2017) already up in space will provide high-speed Internet data services at the rate of 100 Gbps (Gigabits per second) to Indian users.
Bharat Net (National Optical Fibre Network), launched in October 2011 aims to provide 2.5 lakh village panchayats with e-banking, e-education, e-health and e-governance among others through reliable broadband connectivity.