Hughes in broadband satellite deals for Algeria, Australia

Hughes in broadband satellite deals for Algeria and Australia

13 September 2019 | Alan Burkitt-Gray

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Hughes Network Systems has signed satellite deals with Australia’s Optus – owned by Singtel – and with Algérie Telecom in north Africa.

For the Algerian contract, Hughes will provide its Jupiter system to allow Algérie Telecom Satellite (ATS) to offer satellite broadband service to home users and small-and-medium enterprise customers. ATS will launch a satellite internet service, including a hub and thousands of user terminals.

Ramesh Ramaswamy (pictured), senior vice president and general manager of the international division at Hughes, said: “Our strategy globally is to help connect the unconnected by delivering service directly where we operate the business, and to work with selected partners, like ATS, in places where we do not.”

Yassine Sellahi, CEO of ATS, said: “To connect people throughout Algeria with satellite broadband service, we need a satellite platform that can deliver high performance and efficiency, with the right economics.”

Sellahi became CEO of ATS earlier this year, when his predecessor, Mohamed Anouar Benabdelouhad was appointed head of Algérie Telecom, the parent company.

In Australia, Optus Satellite will purchase Jupiter System equipment to extend 3G and 4G services and lay the foundation for 5G services.

Optus will also offer mobility services to maritime vessels across the Australia and New Zealand region.

Nick Leake, head of satellite networks at Optus, said: “To serve as many Australians as possible, satellite forms an essential link in our network – whether for consumer or business applications – and the Jupiter System will help us deliver the reach and scale we need to support our customers.”