SEANET Myanmar taps Hughes for satellite broadband

SEANET Myanmar has contracted Hughes Network Systems to help provide satellite connectivity for the operator’s planned nationwide broadband network.

Under the deal, SEANET (Southeastasianet Technologies Myanmar) will use Hughes’ JUPITER system to extend internet access in underserved areas of Myanmar that are difficult to reach with terrestrial infrastructure.

The operator plans to launch its nationwide network this month, providing applications including high-speed broadband, VoIP, VPNs and GSM backhaul for mobile operators.

SEANET chairman Pyone Maung Maung said there’s a large pool of pent-up demand for internet services among Myanmar’s business community.

“The Hughes JUPITER System gives us a powerful tool for tapping into [this demand] with cost-effective plans that deliver high speeds and bandwidth allowances,” he said.

“Partnering with Hughes also gives us access to a broad and deep source of satellite networking experience that will prove invaluable in our expansion throughout Myanmar.”

JUPITER’s custom-designed very large scale integration (VSLI) SoC allows each terminal to achieve faster connectivity than conventional satellite broadband services, with a throughput of 100Mbps.

SEANET Myanmar’s parent company SEANET Technologies is a Malaysia-based ICT consulting, integration, e-business and management services. Besides Myanmar and Malaysia, the company also has a presence in Singapore.

Source: Telecom Asia

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