IPSTAR International will operate market-leading JUPITER System, powering delivery of broadband services throughout India

IPSTAR International, a premier Asia- Pacific telecommunications company and wholly owned subsidiary of satellite operator THAICOM Public Company Limited, has chosen the JUPITER System from Hughes Network Systems LLC, (HUGHES), the world´s provider of broadband satellite networks and services, to extend the reach of broadband throughout India, the company said.

IPSTAR will operate the JUPITER System over the THAICOM 4 high-throughput satellite (HTS) in India, enabling government-owned service provider BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd.) to offer fixed and mobile services as part of the government´s “Digital India” initiative, raising the quality of life by extending broadband to rural and urban areas across the country.

New JUPITER-powered services will be five times faster than any satellite Internet access currently available in India, offering speeds up to 100 Mbps. It will also be the first deployment of the highly bandwidth-efficient DVB-S2X standard in India.

Incorporating a second-generation System on a Chip (SoC-2) and new family of broadband VSATs (Very Small Aperture Terminals), the JUPITER System yields improved operating economics for satellite service providers, notably through highly efficient allocation of bandwidth available for sale to customers.

IPSTAR International provides cost-effective satellite broadband capacity and services to the region´s telecom industry, businesses, and government administrations. Launched in 2005, the IPSTAR satellite was the first high-throughput satellite (HTS) ever launched into orbit. IPSTAR broadband connectivity provides telecom operators with the ability to expand their networks, launch new broadband services and reach underserved areas quickly and cost-effectively.

BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd.) is one of India´s largest telecommunications companies, with 94 million cellular and 21.9 million broadband customers. It is the only service provider making focused efforts bridge India´s rural-urban digital divide in digital communication services.

Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) provides broadband satellite technology and services for home and office. Its flagship high-speed satellite Internet service is HughesNet, with over 1 million residential and business customers across North America and Brazil.