New Delhi, Dec 19 (UiTV/IANS) – As India rolls out 5G slowly but steadily, the country went up eight spots in rank globally for median mobile speeds, from 113th in October to 105th in November, a report showed on Monday.
Median mobile download speeds in India increased from 16.50 Mbps in October to 18.26 Mbps in November, according to network intelligence and connectivity insights provider Ookla.
However, India decreased one spot in rank globally for overall median fixed broadband speeds and is now at 80th position from 79th in October.
The country’s performance in fixed median download speeds witnessed a slight increase from 48.78 in October to 49.09 Mbps in November, dipping 1 spot in fixed broadband speeds.
Qatar led the chart for global median mobile speeds, whereas Senegal jumped 16 spots in rank globally. For fixed broadband download speeds, Chile remained on the top position, and Palestine and Bhutan increased 14 spots in rank globally.
In October, India recorded a 13-month high in mobile and fixed broadband download speed.
The country had recorded the highest median mobile download speed (from 13.87 Mbps in September to 16.50 Mbps in October).
Meanwhile, Reliance Jio recently recorded almost 600 Mbps median download speed on its 5G network in Delhi while India’s overall 5G speed hit 500 Mbps as the country rolled out 5G services in October.
All iPhone 12 and above customers will now instantly get access to Jio Welcome Offer as soon as they update their software, according to the company.
Chennai-based ST Advanced Composites sees good traction in satellite segment
Chennai-based ST Advanced Composites, that made the metallic and carbon fibre structure of the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) moon rover Rashid, is seeing good business in the space satellite segment, said a top company official.
He official said the company is als looking at the space debris clearance segment partnering with a foreign company.
The company fabricated the UAE’s moon rover’s structure on which other payloads are loaded. The rover will emerge from the Japan-made lander Hakuto-R and go around the lunar surface.
The Hakuto-R lander carrying the Rashid rover was carried by Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket Falcon on December 11.
“It will take about two months for the lander to land on the moon,” Dr. Devendran Thirunavukarasu, Director, ST Advanced Composites, told IANS.
“We are seeing good traction in the domestic space segment. We are working with a couple of private satellite makers. We have done work for the Indian space agency through their vendors,” Thirunavukarasu added.
Even though India’s attempt to land its lander on the moon and roll out its rover on the lunar surface had failed a while ago, there is still an Indian connection to the UAE’s Rashid.
Recalling about bagging the order for Rashid rover, Thirunavukarasu said: “We got an enquiry and responded to that. We got a sample order in 2020. On successful completion of that, we got the order to make the ground model of the lunar rover. Following the successful completion, we got the final order in 2021.
“In space missions, we are talking about materials that are at least 10 times lighter and five times stronger than steel. We built the rover’s structures using magnesium alloy, carbon fibre, and aluminium.”
He said ST Advanced Composites is doing satellite communication antennas and also is working with several companies catering to Indian defence establishment.