Satellite broadband is coming to rural and unserved areas in Egypt after the announcement of a new deal involving a major name in networking technologies and services.
Egypt’s state-owned National Company for Telecommunications Services (NCTS) has selected the Hughes Jupiter System Series 3 to meet the ground segment requirements for the operation of the Ka-band TIBA-1 satellite.
TIBA-1 is owned and operated by the government of Egypt. It provides broadband communications services to Egypt via its dual mission Ka-band payload.
The deployment of the TIBA-1 satellite is described as a significant milestone in the country’s mission to connect the unconnected; the Hughes Jupiter System, the partners say, will allow access to internet and telecom services for millions of people in remote and rural areas of Egypt.
Under the agreement, Hughes will provide its Jupiter VSAT System to NCTS. NCTS will first employ two Jupiter System gateways, a network management system, an initial delivery of remote terminals and an OSS/BSS solution, with installation planned in 2022. As public adoption of broadband services expands, NCTS may order additional end user terminals. The financial details of the contract were not disclosed.
Arianespace launched TIBA-1 to its geostationary orbit at 35.5 East in 2019.