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Omantel chooses Hughes Jupiter’s VSAT

December 16, 2021

By Chris Forrester

Omantel, Oman’s integrated telecom service provider, has selected Hughes’ Jupiter satellite system to extend its mobile network and provide backhaul connectivity.

The Jupiter System is the next-generation Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) platform from Hughes for broadband services over both high-throughput and conventional satellites. In use at more than 12,000 cellular sites across Africa, Asia and Latin America, the Jupiter System offers a low-cost and effective means of interconnecting cellular base stations, regardless of distance, infrastructure or terrain, says Hughes which is part of the EchoStar family.

“Our aim is to connect more subscribers in more places throughout the Sultanate, and satellite backhaul helps expand our network into areas where terrestrial backhaul is onerous or cost-prohibitive,” said Bernhard Van Der Merwe, VP/Technology at Omantel. “We chose the Hughes Jupiter System due to its high performance and efficiency, as well as scalability for the future. This solution will enable us to cover new areas with our broadband services catering to the needs of individual and business customers across the country and enabling our digital society to grow and expand.”

“We appreciate the opportunity to support Omantel in extending its cellular network and to bring the many benefits of connectivity to rural and remote communities,” said Dan Losada, VP/International Division, Hughes. “This project reflects our strategy to help connect the unconnected in partnership with leading operators, like Omantel, who share our commitment to bridging the digital divide.”

The latest, and extremely powerful addition to the Jupiter fleet is Jupiter 3 and is scheduled for launch later in 2022. It will be launched to orbit at 95 degrees West.

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