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With more than 3,000 rural communities across the country, the Argentinian Government has been focused on expanding and improving telecommunications access to its citizens. In October, the Argentinian telecommunications company ARSAT chose the JUPITER™ System to deliver high-speed satellite Internet connectivity to schools and underserved populations.
Hughes will provide ARSAT with a latest-generation JUPITER System, including gateways and Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSATs) that will operate over the ARSAT 1 and 2 satellites. In the initial phase, approximately 1,000 terminals will connect schools to the Internet with an eventual goal of connecting 2,000 sites.
ARSAT’s JUPITER implementation is part of Argentina’s initiative to increase Internet connectivity and reduce service costs for rural communities that are unserved or underserved by terrestrial broadband services. A particular area of focus is digital inclusion of educational facilities, bringing broadband connectivity to rural schools.
“Argentina has one of the highest rates of Internet connectivity in Latin America, but mostly in urban areas. We are working to build on that by improving the quality and accessibility of service across the country, particularly rural areas,” said Dr. Rodrigo de Loredo, president of ARSAT. “We selected Hughes because their products have the highest performance and efficiency for quickly expanding service to a large customer base over a big geographical area—which is exactly the challenge we face.”
“Major telecom providers around the world, such as ARSAT, are selecting our JUPITER System to close the digital divide,” said Hugo Frega, senior director for Hughes. “Its cost-efficiency, performance, and ease of deployment make JUPITER the smart choice for offering reliable and affordable Internet access at virtually any location, regardless of distance or terrain.”
As the leading choice of operators around the globe for delivery of high-throughput services in both enterprise and consumer markets alike, the JUPITER System features a modular and robust gateway architecture with lights-out operation, enhanced IPoS air interface for bandwidth efficiency and performance and high-throughput terminals of up to 100 Mbps capacity. The JUPITER platform also offers operators advanced capabilities on conventional Ku- and C-band satellite capacity with a seamless migration path to next generation Ka-band satellites.