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New partnership sees InterSAT expand Satellite Services in Sub-Saharan Africa

November 6, 2019 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa

Global broadband satellite network services provider, Hughes Network Systems announced that InterSAT, one of the largest providers of Internet solutions in Africa, has selected the Hughes JUPITER System to power its new SkyFi satellite broadband service for consumers and micro/small-to-medium enterprises (MSME/SME) across sub-Saharan Africa.

The agreement, made on Tuesday, 5 November 2019, calls for implementing the latest generation JUPITER gateway and hundreds of high-speed customer terminals.

“The JUPITER System provides InterSAT with a significant competitive edge as we expand affordable, high-speed SkyFi service throughout Africa,” says Hanif Kassam, CEO at InterSAT. “In our search for the right partner, we concluded that Hughes provides the most technologically advanced platform with an unmatched depth of experience in working closely with customers and end-users.”

The Hughes JUPITER System is said to enable high capacity and efficiency for any satellite broadband implementation – having been designed with the advanced DVB-S2X industry-standard. Optimal utilization of High-Throughput Satellite (HTS) bandwidth provides operators with significant cost and performance advantages.

“Our agreement with InterSAT is a testament to the efficiency and performance of our JUPITER system, the most widely deployed VSAT platform in the world,” says Dharmendra Singh, assistant VP of International Division at Hughes. “We look forward to the start of this new partnership and to delivering the social and economic benefits of high-speed Internet access to customers of InterSAT and its reseller partners.”

Thus far, operators on six continents have successfully deployed the JUPITER System to power services across more than 40 satellites – whether in C-band, Ku-band or Ka-band—including broadband Internet/Intranet access, Community Wi-Fi Hotspots, cellular backhaul and Airborne services.

Edited by Jenna Cook

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