State broadcaster Algérie Telecom Satellite (ATS) has selected the Hughes JUPITER System to enable satellite broadband service to home users and small-to-medium enterprise (SME) customers. ATS seeks to develop and promote satellite telecommunications throughout Algeria, the tenth largest country in the world and the largest in Africa. The broadcaster will launch satellite internet service employing JUPITER System, including a hub and thousands of user terminals. The service will be rolled out by broadband satellite networks and services provider Hughes Network Systems LLC.
Speaking about the service, Yassine Sellahi, Chief Executive Officer of ATS, explained: “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. We chose the Hughes JUPITER System for these reasons and also, for its scalability as we look to grow our satellite Internet business and extend connectivity everywhere.”
Ramesh Ramaswamy, Senior Vice President and General Manager, International Division, Hughes, added: “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. We appreciate the opportunity to help ATS launch service throughout Algeria and to bring the benefits of high speed Internet access to the many that are unserved or underserved by terrestrial providers.”
The JUPITER System is a next-generation VSAT platform from Hughes for broadband services over both high-throughput and conventional satellites. Employing the DVB-S2X standard for highly efficient use of satellite bandwidth, the JUPITER System powers services on more than 40 satellites around the world, and is the foundation for HughesNet, the flagship satellite internet service from Hughes, with more than 1.4 million subscribers in the Americas. The JUPITER System supports applications such as community Wi-Fi hotspots, cellular backhaul, and in-flight connectivity services, in addition to broadband internet access.