The Siachen Signallers on 18 September activated the satellite-based internet service on the Siachen Glacier at 19,061 feet.
Sharing pictures of the installation process on Twitter, the Indian Army’s wing said, “’Always Through’ Satellite based internet service activated on the #SiachenGlacier at 19,061 feet, the World’s Highest Battlefield, by the Siachen Signallers.”
Located in the eastern Karakoram range in the Himalayas, the Siachen Glacier at the height of around 20,000 feet is known as the highest militarised zone in the world where the soldiers have to battle extreme weather.
This is the world’s highest battlefield where satellite-based internet service has been activated.
This has been made possible by Indian State-owned Bharat Broadband Network Limited BBNL
The BBNL under Ministry of Telecome is implementing the BharatNet project which has piloted its satellite-based internet across several locations of India.
BBNL satellite internet service in northeast is also coming soon.
BBNL satellite based internet services are already available across remote locations of India having strategic importance including those Naxal hit and also near India-China border like in Galwan Valley, Doklam, Leh, Tawang Etc.
BBNL satellite based internet services are enabled by ISRO communication satellites like GSAT 11 and GSAT 19 under the BharatNet Project.