Satellite-based broadband access will help to bridge digital divide

Rural communities of Thailand will soon be able to enjoy reliable satellite-based broadband services delivered by mu Space Corp using SES Networks´ satellite capacity and the JUPITERâ„¢ System from Hughes Networks Systems (Hughes), , the company said.

mu Space is a Thai space technology startup which aims to provide satellite services that are affordable, easy-to-install and offer widespread coverage. By contracting capacity on SES satellites — SES-8 and SES-12 once it is launched — and using the Hughes´ JUPITER System, mu Space will be improving quality of life for Thailand´s citizens by providing reliable and affordable satellite-based broadband for telecom providers and businesses in Thailand.

According to Thailand´s telecom industry database, only 12% or about 8.3 million of the country´s 69 million population currently has access to broadband. Recognising its importance in social and economic development, the Thai government has launched several initiatives, including a National Broadband Policy and a new economic model Thailand 4.0 with the goals to increase broadband penetration to 95% of the Thai population by 2020 and to transform the country into an innovation-driven economy.

mu Space is a satellite and space technology startup founded in 2017. The company develops satellite communication technologies to accelerate the adoption of Internet of Things devices and smart cities. Read more: www.muspacecorp.com

Hughes Network Systems is the global provider of broadband satellite technology and services for home and office. Its flagship high-speed satellite Internet service is HughesNet®, the world´s largest satellite network with over 1.2 million residential and business customers across North America and Brazil. Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland, USA, Hughes operates sales and support offices worldwide, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), a premier global provider of satellite operations. For additional information about Hughes, visit www.hughes.com

EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS) is a premier global provider of satellite communication solutions. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., and conducting business around the globe, EchoStar is a pioneer in secure communications technologies through its Hughes Network Systems and EchoStar Satellite Services business segments. For more information, visit echostar.com.

SES is the world-leading satellite operator and the first to deliver a differentiated and scalable GEO-MEO offering worldwide, with more than 50 satellites in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and 12 in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO). SES focuses on value-added, end-to-end solutions in two key business units: SES Video and SES Networks. Further information available at: www.ses.com