Bentley Walker First to Launch Services Using Hughes Mesh Satellite Technology in Middle East and Afghanistan
Hughes Network Systems, LLC announced that its European business unit, Hughes Europe, has signed an agreement to supply Bentley Walker with its new HX mesh satellite network technology for delivering broadband services in the Middle East and Afghanistan. The contract calls for adding a fifth HX hub with the new mesh, single-hop functionality at Bentley Walker's Network Operations Centre (NOC) in Bedford, U.K., and marks a major extension of the existing agreement between Hughes Europe and the satellite Internet services provider.
The HX platform is a compact, cost-effective satellite solution for smaller networks that provides high Quality of Service (QoS) and employs the most efficient implementation of the global IPoS/DVB-S2 industry standard, including Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM), approved by TIA in North America, and ETSI and ITU in Europe. Besides supporting single-hop connectivity among multiple sites in flexible user groups, the advanced HX technology also enables simultaneous implementation of both mesh and star networking topologies.
The Hughes HX System is also ideal for GSM backhaul applications, enabling cellular service providers to expand GSM coverage simply, quickly, and cost effectively—especially valuable in remote geographies where the cost of installing a terrestrial fiber or microwave infrastructure would be prohibitive. In particular, HX routers can interface with industry standard L-band BUCs (block up converters), so operators can:
- Potentially reuse hardware already in place
- Employ higher powered radios to achieve greater upload speeds
- Provide service in areas where it may not have been possible or cost-justified
Hughes is the global leader in providing broadband satellite networks and services for large enterprises, governments, small businesses, and consumers. HughesNet encompasses all broadband solutions and managed services from Hughes, bridging the best of satellite and terrestrial technologies. Its broadband satellite products are based on global standards approved by the TIA, ETSI and ITU standards organisations, including IPoS/DVB-S2, RSM-A and GMR-1. To date, Hughes has shipped more than 1.9 million systems to customers in over 100 countries. 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).