Singapore’s Transcelestial was launched in 2016 to deliver commercial high-speed internet utilising wireless fibres, eliminating complete wire use in the process. The SpaceTech startup is determined to lead the globe to the next generation of connectivity.

Rohit Jha founded Transcelestial alongside research scholar Mohammad Danesh in 2016, launching its proprietary next-generation, point-to-point laser device CENTAURI, designed to distribute high-speed wireless internet connectivity with the use of space laser beams.

Rohit recently shared his vision for Transcelestial – to build access and the next generation of connectivity for all through their cutting-edge technology, aiming “to improve the experience for at least a billion people.”

Singapore is ranked among the top global leaders for its internet connectivity, and in 2022, it achieved the near impossible and became the first region across the globe to be fully covered by standalone 5G, achieving over 95% of 5G nationwide coverage by Singtel. Transcelestial is working to speed up the global adoption of wireless hyperconnectivity.

“Step one was figuring out how to build this technology to first solve connectivity issues on this planet. After all, 99% of the world’s data goes through a network of fiber-optic cables under the oceans and across continents. This is where the Internet Distribution Problem lies — in providing affordable, high-speed internet to everyone,” Rohit added.

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Wireless Fiber Optics plays a vital role in Transcelestial’s product and solution development, and Jha explained how they utilise a laser inside their fiber-optic cables to transmit wireless data across “buildings, cell towers, continents, satellites, and eventually, planets.”

The first version of CENTAURI holds the capacity to deliver 10Gbps, the minimum transmission required to power a 5G cell tower, through their “shoebox-sized device” that consumes energy equivalent to light bulb. Jha deems their device to be significantly cheaper than having fiber-optic cables laid out across a city, and even country.

Transcelestial has introduced its space technology across various regions in the Asia Pacific region, with current operations in 10 different markets, including Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, and India.

“With our tech, you can essentially connect a few buildings in less than a day. Not only are the laser links easy to set up, but they can also withstand tough weather conditions like humidity and rain,” concluded Jha. 

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