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Thousands of schools, hospitals, and other public facilities across Mexico are located in regions without terrestrial broadband service. As a result, when it comes to 21st century communications, these facilities have until now been left behind.
But all that is changing, thanks to the Mexican Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT) and the power of Hughes satellite technology. Hughes recently signed a contract with SCT to supply and build an 11,000-site broadband satellite network that will span the entire country and bring Internet and voice connectivity to previously unserved and underserved regions. Operated by Telecomunicaciones de Mexico (Telecomm Telegrafos), a decentralized government office in charge of telecommunications in Mexico, the new $24 million network will connect schools, hospitals, government locations, community centers, and public calling offices across Mexico’s 32 states.
Hughes will supply every component of the network—from its advanced HN System Network Operations Center and 11,000 broadband terminals, to the fiber optic/Internet interconnection equipment, data compression/optimization technology, IP phones, and wireless access systems to serve remote locations. In addition, nearly 1,100 solar power systems will be supplied to support equipment off the power grid. The network is expected to be completed over a five-month timeframe. “Hughes has been providing products and services to SCT for 25 years, and has proven it is a reliable supplier to the Mexican government,” said Monica Aspe Bernal, coordinator of SCT’s Agency for Knowledge and Information. “On a project of this scope and importance, an open public competitive bidding process is mandatory. Other major broadband satellite equipment providers participated in the bid and Hughes’ proposal came out on top.”
“We will strive to retain SCT’s trust and confidence in our ability to create one of the world’s largest broadband networks in such a short time window—with enormous potential social and economic value,” said Nick Marzella, Hughes vice president of sales, Latin America.
Indeed, by bringing high-speed Internet access and voice connectivity to thousands of schools, hospitals, community centers, and other public facilities throughout Mexico, SCT is embarking on a project of vital importance—one that will open doors, create opportunities, improve communications, and truly make a difference in people’s lives.