13 March 2018
| Natalie Bannerman
mu Space is partnering with SES Networks and Hughes Network Systems to deploy satellite-based broadband services to rural communities in Thailand.
mu Space will deliver the new services by contracting
capacity on SES satellites – SES-8 and SES-12 when it
is launched and using the Jupiter system from Hughes Network
Systems. The start-up satellite firm says that it will improve
the lives of Thailand’s citizens by providing
reliable and affordable satellite-based broadband for telecom
providers and businesses.
"At mu Space, our mission is to
deliver nationwide and reliable connectivity to everyone in
Thailand, to improve the quality of life of the local people,"
said James Yenbamroong, founder and CEO at mu Space. "As such,
we have been searching for the ideal partners to ensure that we
can deliver reliable broadband services at the right price
point. Together with the global experience of SES Networks and
Hughes, we are confident of the high service quality that we
will jointly deliver in Thailand."
Only 12% (8.3 million) of Thailand’s 69 million
population currently has access to broadband, according to the
Thai telecom industry database. In response to this the Thai
government has launched a number of initiatives, including its
National Broadband Policy and a new economic model called
Thailand 4.0 that aims to increase broadband penetration to 95%
of the Thai population by the year 2020, and to transform the
country into an innovation-driven economy.
"In rural and underserved areas, satellite is the best
solution for broadband access, as it’s much more
affordable and faster to deploy compared to land-based internet
infrastructure. We are honoured that mu Space has selected SES
Networks as their partner of choice in bridging the digital
divide in Thailand and are thrilled at the opportunity of
empowering Thai citizens with opportunities of the digital
economy to improve their lives," added Imran Malik, vice
president, of fixed data, Asia-Pacific at SES Networks.
"In ex-urban and rural communities, terrestrial networks are
difficult to roll out and costly, contrasted by the new
generation of satellites and access technologies which bring
affordable access to people anywhere cross continent-wide
coverage areas," said Ramesh Ramaswamy, senior vice president
and general manager, International division at Hughes. "We are
excited that mu Space has chosen our JUPITER System and look
forward to working with them and SES Networks to deliver on
their mission of bringing broadband to everyone in
Back in December, mu Space became the first start-up in
Thailand to acquire a satellite licence in Thailand, by the
National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission.
Under the 15 year licence terms, mu Space will be able to
operate and provision satellite based services until the year
Hughes Network Systems,