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Yahsat Orders Hughes JUPITER System with DVB-S2X to Enhance and Expand Services on Y1B Satellite

Jan. 4, 2017

Hughes Network Systems, LLC announced that UAE-based satellite operator Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat) is implementing the latest version of the Hughes JUPITER™ System, incorporating the new DVB-S2X air interface standard, which will refresh and expand the services delivered over its Y1B Ka-band satellite.

Yahsat's satellite broadband service YahClick serves consumers, businesses and governments in the Middle East, Africa and Central and South West Asia. Upgrading its JUPITER satellite broadband system with DVB-S2X will yield more scalable bandwidth while enhancing performance across all of its service categories. Yahsat's service partners will gain capabilities such as virtual network operator (VNO) access while utilizing existing integrated OSS/BSS and service delivery infrastructure via cloud services.

"The demand for more services and higher performance is growing in all markets," said Marcus Vilaca, chief technical officer at Yahsat. "Maximizing bandwidth is a high priority across all of our segments as it provides cost-effective solutions to our service partners and end-users. The JUPITER System gives us the highest level of bandwidth efficiency on the market today."

The JUPITER System will also power services over Yahsat's third satellite, Al Yah 3, a new High Throughput Satellite (HTS), which is due to launch in early 2017 and will extend the company's presence in Africa to 19 countries and Brazil.

DVB-S2X support and other new features of the JUPITER System, one of the world's most  widely deployed satellite Internet platforms, improves operating economics for operators by increasing bandwidth available for sale to customers. DVB-S2X is incorporated in JUPITER's second-generation System on a Chip (SoC-2) and a new family of broadband VSATs (Very Small Aperture Terminals.)

"Even as capacity grows with major HTS satellite launches over the next few years, providers need to use bandwidth as efficiently as possible to meet steadily growing demand," said Dave Jupin, senior vice president, international operations at Hughes Network Systems. "By increasing the amount of scalable and guaranteed serviceable bandwidth on each satellite, JUPITER gives providers the flexibility to offer new services while maintaining top performance."