Hughes Communications India has announced that India's leading state-owned oil companies have selected the firm's JUPITER satellite broadband system to automate retail networking nationwide.
Under separate contracts, Indian Oil Corporation (IOCL), Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (HPCL) will each use the JUPITER system to upgrade network connectivity across 19,000 locations collectively to increase speed of transactions, eliminate manual interference and deliver accurate, real-time data across the retail operations.
The managed network solution the companies have selected from Hughes encompasses deployment and management of the JUPITER System, including rental of VSATs for five years. The JUPITER system brings advancements such as wideband channels with DVB-S2X/ACM modulation, high-density gateways with lights-out operation, web acceleration/caching, advanced compression and hardware security. Central management by Hughes will ensure high-speed connectivity and uptime with 24/7 support and monitoring, helping relieve the oil majors from network management while giving them data access. The system will enable data transfers, loyalty card administration, web-based applications and banking transactions, as well as remote viewing of outlets.
In addition to the JUPITER system, BPCL has also selected the HughesON Managed SD-WAN solution to provide application-level diversity with VSAT and 4G connectivity paths providing a stable, scalable, always-on network. The update is also expected to ease data collection from various loyalty schemes, discount schemes and credit card transactions.
Partho Banerjee, President and Managing Director, Hughes India, said that the company is proud to have been awarded these important projects by Indian Oil majors, IOCL, BPCL and HPCL. In addition to driving cost savings, this Hughes technology and managed services will help the companies take control over applications such as monitoring of tank levels at petrol pump outlets, checking and reducing pilferage and ensuring updated pricing across all retail outlets across the country on a daily basis, enhancing customer satisfaction and achieving transparency in their operations.