Indian Army installs satellite-based internet at Siachen

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.

Which broadband network is providing the Satellite-based Internet service recently activated by the Army’s XIV Corps at Siachen Glacier?
A) BSNL
B) Broadband Network Limited (BBNL)
C) Reliance JioFiber
D) ACT Broadband