GERMANTOWN, Md., Feb. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Hughes Network
Systems, LLC (HUGHES), the global leader in broadband satellite network
solutions and services, today announced that Intelsat, the world's leading
provider of commercial satellite services, has selected its HX broadband
satellite platform for a new regional Ku-band broadband maritime service.
Intelsat will deliver its new service via a limited number of distributor
partners in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico regions starting in mid-2008.
The Hughes HX System is fully compliant with the world's leading
satellite industry standard, DVB-S2/IPoS with Adaptive Coding and
Modulation (ACM). The Hughes implementation of ACM on the downlink,
together with Adaptive Inbound Selection (AIS) and signal spreading
capability on the uplink, enables the use of small shipboard antennas to
deliver high-speed Ku-band maritime services.
"Utilizing smaller antennas opens up a large market for broadband
connectivity to yachts," said Mohammad Marashi, Vice President of New
Product Development, Intelsat. "The HX System provides an always-on, high
availability connection, easy deployment and commissioning that are
essential components of a maritime service."
Optimized for smaller networks, the HX design builds upon a solid and
field-proven foundation, leveraging many of the features and
functionalities of the widely deployed Hughes HN broadband satellite
platform. The advanced bandwidth management features of the HX System give
operators the ability to efficiently allocate satellite bandwidth as a
"virtual pool, "assuring that bandwidth will always be available when
"We are excited to be working with Intelsat to bring this innovative
application of our HX System for maritime services," said Ramesh Ramaswamy,
assistant vice president, Hughes. "This offering leverages best-of-breed
Hughes technology coupled with Intelsat's extensive satellite coverage and
market presence to ideally position both companies for success in
delivering yachting broadband services."
Intelsat is the leading provider of fixed satellite services (FSS)
worldwide, delivering advanced transmission access for information and
entertainment to some of the world's leading media and network companies,
multinational corporations, Internet service providers and governmental
agencies. Intelsat also offers seamless service for voice, data and video
transmission unmatched in the industry. With the globalization of content,
broadband, telecom, HD and IPTV fueling next-generation growth, the ever
expanding universe of satellite services are the cornerstones of today's
Intelsat. Real-time, advanced communications with people anywhere in the
world is closer, by far.
About Hughes Network Systems
Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) is the global leader in providing
broadband satellite networks and services for large enterprises,
governments, small businesses, and consumers, and a leading provider of
broadband wireless, point-to-multipoint systems. HughesNet(R) encompasses
all broadband solutions and managed services from Hughes, bridging the best
of satellite and terrestrial technologies. Hughes has shipped more than 1.5
million systems to customers in over 100 countries. Its broadband satellite
products are based on global standards approved by the TIA, ETSI and ITU
standards organizations, including IPoS, RSM-A and GMR-1.
Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland, USA,
Hughes maintains sales and support offices worldwide. Hughes is a wholly
owned subsidiary of Hughes Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: HUGH). For
additional information, please visit www.hughes.com.
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