World’s Highest Battlefield Siachen Now Has Satellite-Based Internet

by Suchismita Pal
World’s Highest Battlefield Siachen Now Has Satellite-Based Internet

The world’s highest battlefield in Ladakh, the Siachen Glacier, gets a satellite-based internet service for the convenience of the Indian Army. The satellite service has been installed at an altitude of 19,061 feet to provide internet connectivity in the remote region. As per reports, Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL) is providing the service.

The Siachen glacier lies in the Eastern Karakoram Range, northeast of the Line of Control between India and Pakistan.

Siachen Internet
Picture Credits:Wikimedia Commons

Siachen Glacier Gets Internet Connectivity At 19,061 Feet

The Fire & Fury Corps of the Indian Army took to Twitter to share the news of the installation of the internet satellite at Siachen. “Satellite-based internet service activated on the #SiachenGlacier at 19,061 feet, the World’s Highest Battlefield, by the Siachen Signallers.”, it wrote. 

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Replying to the post, netizens lauded the efforts of the Indian Army for their achievement. One user wrote, “Welcome news about Sat based internet services for troops on Op Meghdoot brings joy & tremendous pride. Once connectivity was unthinkable is now a reality. Kudos to Siachen Signallers. Expectations further rises to hear more on such crew comforts.” Another commented, “Amazing feat.”

An army officer with the Twitter name@samwham6 recalled his days in the Siachen, elucidating how the internet was just a dream in the region. He stated that back then, they had just one satellite phone in the company location and they could speak only once a day with their families, that too at outrageous costs.

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Domestic Tourists Can Visit Siachen Glacier

On September 27, 2021, the government opened the base camp of the battlefield for domestic tourists.  Defence Minister Rajnath Singh notified that tourism activities can take place between Siachen Base Camp and Kumar Post. However, tourists are allowed to trek only up to a certain altitude due to challenging terrains and harsh temperatures beyond that.

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Feature Image Credits: Twitter/@firefurycorps