Africa-focused VSAT services provider, Communication Services FZCO (InterSAT), 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 calls for implementing the latest generation JUPITER gateway and hundreds of high-speed customer terminals, according to a media release.
“The JUPITER System provides InterSAT with a significant competitive edge as we expand affordable, high-speed SkyFi service throughout Africa,” said Hanif Kassam, chief executive officer, 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.”
“Designed with the advanced DVB-S2X industry standard, the Hughes JUPITER System enables high capacity and efficiency for any satellite broadband implementation. 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,” said Dharmendra Singh, assistant vice president, International Division, 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.”
InterSAT recently announced a longterm partnership with Azercosmos to roll-out high throughput broadband services using HTS Capacity on Azerspace-2.
Joseph Ibeh is a Mandela Washington Fellow and Senior Analyst at Space in Africa. His experience spans industry research and market analysis with a focus on African-grown NewSpace companies, commercial space industry, national space programmes and real-life application of space science for sustainable development in Africa.