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Omantel picks Hughes JUPITER System to expand mobile network reach

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Hughes Network Systems (Hughes), confirms that Omantel has selected the Hughes JUPITER System to extend its mobile networks to serve more customers.

Specifically, Omantel will deploy satellite backhaul of mobile network traffic using JUPITER System equipment, including a gateway hub and hundreds of remote terminals.

"Our aim is to connect more subscribers in more places throughout the Sultanate, and satellite backhaul helps expand our network into areas where terrestrial backhaul is onerous or cost-prohibitive," said Bernhard Van Der Merwe (pictured), vice president of technology at Omantel.

"We chose the Hughes JUPITER System due to its high performance and efficiency, as well as scalability for the future. This solution will enable us to cover new areas with our broadband services catering to the needs of individual and business customers across the country and enabling our digital society to grow and expand"

The JUPITER System is Hughes' next-gen Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) platform used for broadband services over both high-throughput and conventional satellites.

The system is already in use in more than 12,000 mobile sites across Africa, Asia and Latin America, and offers a low-cost and effective means of interconnecting mobile base stations, regardless of distance, infrastructure or terrain.

"We appreciate the opportunity to support Omantel in extending its cellular network and to bring the many benefits of connectivity to rural and remote communities," said Dan Losada, vice president of international division at Hughes.

"This project reflects our strategy to help connect the unconnected in partnership with leading operators, like Omantel, who share our commitment to bridging the digital divide."

In related news, October saw Omantel deploy Ciena WaveLogic 5 Extreme 800G coherent optical technology to connect key network infrastructure across its network.

In September, Hughes and OneWeb have signed a distribution agreement in the US and a memorandum of understanding in India to extend connectivity services.