Telecom Malagasy Expands GSM services with Hughes satellite technology

Hughes Network Systems, a leader in broadband satellite solutions and services, has announced that it has been awarded an expansion contract by Telecom Malagasy SA (Telma) to supply additional HX System remote terminals and an HX hub to expand Telma’s existing GSM backhaul project.

The network supports GSM 2G/EDGE voice and data, and broadband data applications throughout Madagascar.

“In 2005, Hughes provided us with the Hughes HN System Network Operating Center (NOC) and broadband satellite terminals, which are being used to deliver rural telephony, corporate telephony, and Internet and intranet access,” said Patrick Pisal Hamida, CEO of Telma.

“In 2007, we purchased a Hughes HX System NOC and broadband satellite terminals, which are being used to deliver wireless backhaul services. We chose Hughes for this expansion as we have been very satisfied with the full carrier-class backhauling service we receive and the long-standing, excellent relationship we have. Malagasy people in remote area will benefit immediately from this upgrade and will enjoy better and faster services.”

“We are very pleased to continue our strong relationship with Telma,” said Kannan Soupramanien, area sales director at Hughes. “Our HX System enables Telma to provide GSM backhaul with higher availability. We will begin installation this July and expect to have the expansion completed within the month.”

Operational on five continents and supporting over one million broadband terminal sites, the HX System is the most advanced and widely deployed satellite networking infrastructure in the marketplace and is fully compliant with the IP over Satellite (IPoS0 global standard—the world’s first to be approved by TIA, ETSI, and ITU. The recently announced HX Systems 4.0 platform delivers high-speed IP services over satellite, supporting an expanding range of multi-media, video, data, and voice applications.

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