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In today’s digital age, the customer base across diverse sectors like retail, financial services, and logistics, driven by the exponential growth of e-commerce, is rapidly expanding beyond the boundaries of Tier 1 cities. However, the infrastructure for Internet connectivity and security measures has not kept pace with this expansion. As businesses reach further into rural and remote areas, the challenge of maintaining secure and consistent connectivity for accessing applications and monitoring physical assets becomes apparent. Fiber-based broadband remains scarce, and the promise of 5G as a primary mode of communication is still distant. Traditional VSAT services, often used as an alternative, are expensive and offer limited bandwidth, primarily suitable for applications like ATM connectivity.

In this evolving landscape, Broadband Over Satellite (BoS) emerges as a game-changing technology, offering a near-fibre-like alternative for Indian enterprises, effectively extending their reach to Tier 3 and 4 towns. By harnessing modern tools such as SD-WAN (Software-defined wide area networking) and next-generation cloud-based firewalls, Indian enterprises can achieve a complete, secure, and always-on connectivity solution.

The technology is poised to revolutionise Indian Enterprises with multiple use cases such as:

1. Enhancing Financial Inclusion: With the advent of satellite broadband technology, even the most isolated corners of India can now be seamlessly connected, serving a dual purpose of facilitating branch connectivity and providing public access through Public Wi-Fi Networks. This breakthrough, when combined with cutting-edge SD-WAN solutions, not only ensures secure access to core banking solutions but also allows for local Internet access, enabling the deployment of SaaS-based FinTech applications.

2. Expanding Retail Reach: The remarkable achievements of industry leaders such as Zudio and Nykaa in Tier 3 and 4 towns underscore the enormous potential hidden within these locations. The introduction of BoS technology not only unlocks this potential but also revolutionizes the retail landscape. By leveraging the power of satellite broadband, businesses can rapidly and efficiently establish new retail outlets in these emerging markets. This technology ensures a continuous, always-on connectivity, which is indispensable for critical functions such as inventory management, real-time billing, and CCTV monitoring.

3. Enhancing Remote Logistics Connectivity: Modern logistics operations require a nimble and distributed warehousing approach to meet the demands of rural areas. BoS technology plays a pivotal role by enabling instant scanning and tracking of packages. This ensures the seamless flow of information, maintaining the digital value chain across the e-commerce and logistics ecosystem, even in the most remote locations.

4. Real-time Communication and Customer Service Excellence:

In the fast-paced world of business, enterprises often need to facilitate multi-lingual, real-time customer communications to handle inquiries, resolve issues, and provide instant transaction updates. Here, satellite broadband takes center stage, ensuring that these interactions persist with unwavering smoothness and uninterrupted reliability, transcending geographic boundaries.

5. Promoting Rural Financial Inclusion: In the age of satellite broadband, fintech companies can extend their reach by creating remote, branchless banking facilities in rural areas, where traditional banks are often absent. This innovative approach empowers rural customers to access a diverse range of financial services, including savings accounts, loans, and insurance, all without the need for long journeys to physical branches. Furthermore, these branchless banking services offer fintech companies the opportunity to introduce tailored, innovative financial products, addressing the specific needs of rural customers and actively advancing financial inclusion.

To conclude, the advent of BoS technology represents a pivotal transformation in the landscape of Indian enterprise. As digital industries expand beyond Tier 1 cities, the infrastructure challenges of secure, consistent connectivity in rural and remote areas are evident. Satellite broadband provides an innovative solution, bridging these gaps, and unlocking a multitude of possibilities for financial inclusion, retail expansion, logistics efficiency, real-time customer service excellence, and the empowerment of branchless banking in underserved regions. It not only accelerates connectivity and data security but also acts as a catalyst, propelling Indian enterprises into an era of innovation and inclusion, providing boundless opportunities for growth and transformation.

Guest contributor Sameer Kanse is the Chief Business Officer of CelerityX, a one-stop shop for all enterprise solutions needs. Any opinions expressed in this article are strictly those of the author.


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