Monday, October 26, 2009

Hughes and Avanti Sign European Ka-Band Satellite Deal

Avanti Communications Group ha selected Hughes Network Systems to supply eight (8) gateways and 50,000 customer premise terminals to operate over HYLAS, Europe's first dedicated, high-throughput Ka-band broadband satellite to be launched in 2010. The initial value of the contract is in excess of US$24 million over the multi-year framework agreement.

In addition, Hughes has agreed to acquire capacity on the HYLAS satellite to expand the managed services it provides to major corporations in a variety of market sectors, including oil and gas, lottery, and retail. This builds on the Hughes strategy to deliver broadband Internet access and managed services on the most advanced platforms around the world, including its SPACEWAY 3 switch-in-the-sky and recently announced Jupiter high-throughput satellite system.
HYLAS is Avanti's first satellite and has been designed with advanced Ka-band technology to provide high-performance broadcast and data communications services to a wide range of market segments, including broadband Internet access to rural and remote areas underserved by terrestrial networks. The unique characteristics of HYLAS reduce the overall operating costs of satellite services, both in bandwidth utilization and systems hardware.