InterSAT and Hughes support satellite service in Africa

InterSAT and Hughes support satellite services in Africa

A new agreement between two leading names in satellite communications aims to enhance internet connectivity in sub-Saharan Africa.

InterSAT Communication Services, a provider of internet solutions in Africa, has selected the JUPITER System from broadband satellite technology and services provider Hughes Network Systems to power its new SkyFi satellite broadband service, which is targeted at both consumers and micro/small-to-medium enterprises (MSME/SME) across sub-Saharan Africa.

The agreement calls for implementing a latest-generation JUPITER gateway and hundreds of high-speed customer terminals. 

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 significant cost and performance advantages, says Hughes.

Operators on six continents have successfully deployed the JUPITER system to power services across more than 40 satellites – whether in C-band, Ku-band or Ka-band – including broadband internet/intranet access, community Wi-Fi hotspots, cellular backhaul and airborne services.

InterSAT is one of the largest providers of internet solutions on the African continent. It provides internet-via-satellite connectivity to leading organizations, government institutions, and the private sector.