• Recently, Astrome has signed a contract with the Department of Telecommunication to start the pilot project called “GigaMesh Network Solution with 15 villages in India.
  • GigaMesh, developed by Astrome, will address congestion issues in rural 4G infrastructure and provide high-tech and affordable internet connectivity.
  • The solution has been developed by Astrome.
  • The startup is supported by AI & Robotics Technology Park (ARTPARK), the Technology Innovation Hub (TIH) at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc).
  • It’s a network solution which will wirelessly provide fibre-like backhaul capacity and paves the road for 5G.
  • It is the world’s first multi-beam E-band Radio that is able to communicate from one tower to multiple towers simultaneously while delivering multi GBPS throughput to each of these towers.
  • A single GigaMesh device can provide up to forty links with 2+ Gbps capacity, communicating up to a range of ten kilometers.
  • Gigamesh features multiple point-to-point communication in E-Band, lowering cost and is driven by software to make it easy to deploy, maintain and repair remotely.


  • ARTPARK is a not-for-profit foundation promoted by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru to promote technology innovations in artificial intelligence (AI)& Robotics.
  • AI researchers at ARTPARK, in collaboration with HealthTech startup Niramai Health Analytix and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), have also developed XraySetu.
  • XraySetu is a platform that can interpret chest X-rays with 98.86 % sensitivity toward Covid-19within few seconds.
  • ARTPARK also organized the ARTPARK Innovation Summit that brought industry, academia and the government under one roof to discuss important topics such as:
  • how to create next-generation connectivity in rural areas, health AI for Bharat, connecting Bharat with Drones inclusive learning for the future and building AI and research ecosystem.
  • Apart from this, they participated in an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) experiment of the Indian Army and showcased India’s only Legged Robotic Dog.

Rural Connectivity

National Broadband Mission:

  • NMB will facilitate universal and equitable access to broadband services across the country, especially in rural and remote areas.
  • The vision of the Mission is to fast-track growth of digital communications infrastructure, bridge the digital divide, facilitate digital empowerment and inclusion, and provide affordable and universal access to broadband for all.

Way Forward

  • The state should have a positive obligation to create infrastructure for a minimum standard and quality of Internet access as well as capacity-building measures which would allow all citizens to be digitally literate.
  • The government should invest the resources saved by moving services online, to create a better Rural Digital infrastructure.


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