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Hughes signs PRE-Launch Contract for capacity on Telesat’s Telstar 14R Satellite

 

 

May 3, 2011

 

Telesat, a leading global fixed satellite services operator, announced today that Hughes do Brasil, Hughes Network Systems’ Brazilian operating company, has signed a long term contract for capacity on Telesat’s Telstar 14 satellite to serve Brazil that will transition to Telstar 14R when the new satellite is operational. Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes), parent company of Hughes do Brasil, is the global leader in broadband satellite solutions and services.

 

Telstar 14 is a Ku-band spacecraft with a strong customer base operating from a highly desirable orbital location at 63 degrees West Longitude that provides service throughout the Americas and Atlantic Ocean Region. Its replacement, Telstar 14R/Estrela do Sul 2, is scheduled to launch May 21, 2011 (May 20th in the Americas). Telstar 14R is a state-of-the-art satellite that will offer customers important advantages relative to Telstar 14, including significant additional capacity, improved geographic coverage and higher power.

 

“Hughes leads the world in broadband VSAT networks and their long term commitment to Telstar 14 and its replacement is a great endorsement of the coverage and capabilities of these satellites,” said Nigel Gibson, Vice President, International Sales for Telesat. “Latin America is a highly attractive market for satellite communications and this is especially true in Brazil with its strong economic growth and vast regions that lack reliable connectivity. We look forward to working with Hughes in meeting the growing demand for satellite broadband networks across Brazil.”

 

“Hughes has been active in the Brazilian market for many years and has seen the demand for satellite-based services increase dramatically since 2005,” said Delio Morais, President, Hughes do Brasil. “This agreement with Telesat has been driven by the superior performance of Estrela do Sul 2 and demonstrates our long-term commitment to meeting Brazil’s booming demand for satellite services.”