Yahsat, Hughes launch satellite JV in Brazil

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Hughes Network Systems, a specialist in broadband satellite networks and services, and Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), a global satellite operator based in the United Arab Emirates and wholly owned by Mubadala Investment Company, have announced the commencement of a joint venture to provide satellite broadband services in Brazil. The new venture is now operational under the Hughes do Brasil name.

“We are pleased to commence our Brazilian joint venture with Yahsat, our longstanding partner, in this important market,” said Pradman Kaul, president, Hughes. “The partnership further leverages our commitment to bringing unserved and underserved communities and businesses throughout Brazil the many essential advantages of connectivity.”

Masood M. Sharif Mahmood, Yahsat’s Chief Executive Officer, added: “The start of this joint venture with Hughes will enable people across Brazil to realise economic and social benefits from both Hughes and Yahsat’s high-performance satellite broadband services. We look forward to working together with Hughes to deliver superior connectivity solutions to all customer segments by leveraging the power of our combined missions, and look forward to growing this business together in the future.”

The agreement to form the joint venture was announced in May 2019, during the SATELLITE 2019 conference held in Washington, D.C., and was subject to regulatory and other approvals which have now been obtained. Resulting ownership of Hughes do Brasil is now 80 per cent by Hughes and 20 per cent by Yahsat.

In addition to delivering services over the Hughes 65 West and Hughes 63 West satellites, Hughes do Brasil now offers services over Yahsat’s Al Yah 3 Ka-band satellite. The company will deploy additional JUPITER System ground network technology to deliver high efficiency services over the Yahsat satellite across the country, optimising performance and throughput.

Services offered by Hughes do Brasil include HughesNet, a high-speed satellite Internet for consumers and small- to medium-sized businesses; managed network services for enterprises, including all types of transport technologies; Community Wi-Fi Hotspots that bring pay-per-use Internet access to rural towns; and cellular backhaul solutions to help mobile network operators (MNOs) extend connectivity to people and communities throughout Brazil either unserved or underserved by terrestrial access.


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