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October 24, 2012

Hughes Europe, Bentley Walker Launch Ka-band Services in the Middle East
By Shamila Janakiraman
TMCnet Contributor

Hughes (News - Alert) Europe and Bentley Walker have joined hands to launch Ka-band communications services in the Middle East over the Avanti Hylas 2 satellite. This will augment the satellite capacity available in this region.

This agreement between Hughes and Bentley has entailed Bentley Walker to buy three additional Gateway (News - Alert) NOCs from Hughes. Two of the Gateway NOCs are the new HX System 4.0s which allow resellers to set up local Virtual Network Operators (VNOs).

Anthony Walker, CEO of Bentley Walker revealed, “With our strong history of success working with Hughes Europe, together with Avanti’s reputation for technical excellence, we are delighted to be among the first resellers to take full advantage of the new Ka-band services. This will enable us to offer higher speed packages, allowing soldiers to benefit from consistent broadband delivery at the speeds they choose.”

Bentley Walker will be empowered to enhance its Ka-band broadband offerings and deliver broadband communications services to US military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan. These services are expected to serve morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) purposes optimally.

Also, existing users can easily upgrade to the new Ka-band service, which promises higher throughput speeds via a smaller dish making the solution cost effective, said officials.

Hughes Europe leverages its satellite hub earth station and network operations center in Griesheim, Germany, to provide broadband satellite and terrestrial solutions to large enterprises, government organizations and other small businesses.

Chris O’Dell (News - Alert), vice president of sales at Hughes Europe, said, “We have unrivalled experience as the largest provider of broadband services to the consumer market in the US and we understand what individual users want. This landmark deal with Bentley Walker will provide enhanced services to soldiers who need reliable and secure communications to stay in touch with family and friends while they are deployed.”

Recently, Hughes Europe, the European subsidiary of Hughes Network Systems (News - Alert) was awarded a contract by Emtele, a reseller, to supply high availability satellite connectivity services as part of a 10-year Smart Grid project for Finnish energy provider Elenia.

Hughes Network Systems provides network technologies, managed services and satellite broadband solutions for homes, enterprises and governments. The networks support rapid, reliable transmission of data, voice, video, and multimedia content. HughesNet is the company’s high-speed satellite Internet service which serves the needs of global customers.

Edited by Brooke Neuman


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