Indian Army installs satellite-based internet at Siachen

Satellite-Based Internet at Siachen: The Indian Army recently activated a satellite-based Internet service on the Siachen Glacier.

Key Points:

  • The Satellite-based Internet service was activated on the Siachen Glacier at 19,061 feet, the World's Highest Battlefield.
  • The installation has been done by the Indian Army’s XIV Corps or Fire and Fury Corps’ Siachen Signallers.
  • The satellite internet service has been provided by the Broadband Network Limited (BBNL), a Government of India (GoI) undertaking.
  • It will provide internet connectivity to the Army Siachen Glacier frontier.

About Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL):

  • BBNL provides net connectivity to the Army at Siachen and is responsible for the implementation of the BharatNet Project.
  • The organization is also responsible for the BharatNet Project under which 2.5 lakh gram panchayats across India are to be supplied with broadband connectivity.
  • It plans to deliver satellite-based internet to around 7000-gram panchayats and other remote areas where fiber-based internet is difficult. 

About the Fire and Fury cops of the Indian Army:

  • Fire and Fury Corps or XIV Corps is part of the Indian Army’s Northern Command.
  • They looked over the military deployment along with Kargil-Leh.
  • They protect the frontiers with China and Pakistan, and guards the Siachen Glacier.

Facts About Siachen Glacier:

  • The Siachen Glacier is the world’s highest battlefield.
  • This glacier is located in the eastern Karakoram range of the Himalayas and on the north of Nubra Valley at about 35.421226°N 77.109540°E, just northeast of the point NJ9842 where the Line of Control between India and Pakistan ends.
  • At 76 km (47 mi) long, it is the longest glacier in the Karakoram and second-longest in the world's non-polar areas. 
  • It acts as a barrier between the Shaksgam Valley and Baltistan.
  • India controls the entirety of the Siachen Glacier since 1984 after the 'Operation Meghdoot’.
  • Pakistan maintains a territorial claim over it, controls the region west of Saltoro Ridge, lying west of the glacier and operates many outposts there.
  • Currently, India has the dominating position on the Saltoro ridge, under its control.
  • The Pakistani posts are located 3,000 feet below that place.
  • Army and soldiers serving in this region have to face harsh weather, avalanches, and landslides.
  • Approximately 3000 soldiers always remain on duty in the glacier.
  • Every soldier who gets the duty to guard the glacier serves about three months as the harsh weather condition cannot be survived for more than that.