StarGroup chooses Hughes for service expansion

Mexico-based service provider StarGroup has chosen Hughes Network Systems, LLC and its award-winning JUPITERâ„¢ System as the foundation for its soon-to-be-launched high-speed satellite Internet service in Latin America, the company said.

The contract calls for Hughes to supply a JUPITER gateway, high-performance Ka-band terminals and a comprehensive suite of managed services for operational and customer support. As part of the initiative, StarGroup has leased a significant portion of the Mexico capacity on EchoStar XIX, scheduled for launch in late 2016, to expand its satellite service offerings in that country. Overall, the combined value of the agreements is in excess of USD200 million.

Under the initial agreement, Hughes will install a JUPITER gateway in the city of Arica, Chile, and manage the gateway for StarGroup remotely from its Network Operations Center (NOC) in Germantown, Maryland. The JUPITER System´s flexible configuration management and application programming interfaces (APIs) will enable rapid integration with StarGroup´s existing financial and customer support systems.

StarGroup provides direct to home (DTH) services across Mexico under the brand StarTV, and is expanding into satellite broadband markets throughout Mexico and Latin America.

Hughes Network Systems delivers satellite broadband for home and office. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS).

EchoStar is a provider of satellite and video delivery solutions. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., and conducting business around the globe, EchoStar is a pioneer in secure communications technologies through its EchoStar Satellite Services, EchoStar Technologies Corporation and Hughes Network Systems business segments.