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Omantel signs satellite backhaul contract with Hughes

The satellite backhaul will enable Omantel to connect customers outside the fiber network footprint.

Oman’s integrated telecom service provider Omantel has selected the Hughes Jupiter System to extend its mobile networks to serve more customers.

Under the terms of the new contract, Hughes will supply Omantel with cellular network backhaul services from its Jupiter Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) system.

Commenting on the deal, Bernhard Van Der Merwe, Vice President Technology at Omantel, said: “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. 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.”

Dan Losada, Vice President, International Division, Hughes, added: “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. 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.”

The Jupiter System is the next-generation Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) platform from Hughes for broadband services over both high-throughput and conventional satellites.

Hughes has deployed Jupiter at more than 12,000 cellular sites across Africa, Asia, and Latin America.