Affordable Broadband in Pakistan
According to reports from the Pakistani government, the cost of broadband access in Pakistan has previously been prohibitively high. But now, Islamabad-based Orocom (Pvt) Limited is using Hughes satellite solutions to deliver affordable broadband access, enabling improved communications and commerce for Pakistan’s businesses. The operator is utilizing the latest Hughes HX system to provide customized broadband services, including triple-play voice, data, and video to customers across Pakistan and the surrounding region. Employing the DVBS-2 standard with ACM (adaptive coding modulation), the HX system is ideal for supporting a variety of broadband applications in the financial, oil and gas, education, government, and retail sectors, as well as for GSM cellular backhaul.
“Hughes brings to Pakistan a level of knowledge that is unmatched in this region,” said Hamid Nawaz, chief operating officer, Orocom. “We can bring a new level of broadband access and benefits to both businesses and consumers in Pakistan. We look forward to solidifying our offering here and expanding our service offerings throughout Asia and Northern Africa.”
VSAT Platform for Maritime
The upstream oil and gas industry increasingly relies on satellite communications for its broadband requirements, as well as for reliable backup services on offshore platforms. Likewise, the maritime industry has seen increased use of IP bandwidth and a move towards subscription-based VSAT broadband services. So it’s good news for both industries that earlier this year Hughes and Sea Tel, Inc. successfully completed interoperability testing between the Hughes HX family of IP satellite broadband terminals and the Sea Tel family of marine stabilized satellite antennas. Hughes and Sea Tel marry sophisticated bandwidth allocation and QOS techniques in the HX product platform with the Sea Tel Maritime Stabilized Satellite Antenna system. As a result, satellite broadband service providers around the world can now take advantage of a packaged, state-of-the-art maritime VSAT platform.
Hughes Brazil Event Attracts Financial Sector
More than 80 executives from financial institutions, insurance companies, market analysts, and pension fund brokers attended the Hughes Satellite Communications event in April in São Paulo. The event was hosted by Hughes Brazil president Delio Morais and marketing director Rafael Guimarães who presented the Hughes service portfolio, as well as customer case studies. Highlighting the event were presentations by Angelino Caputo, executive manager, telecom networks and IT systems of Banco do Brasil, and Joao Bezerra, IT director of Banco Itau, illustrating how their banks use satellite communications to keep hundreds of branches connected. A presentation by Fernando Sodre, executive producer at Mixer, the leading audiovisual producer in Brazil, also discussed the possibilities that satellite technology creates for digital signage projects in the financial sector.