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Hughes Network Systems has announced that Gabon-based Internet service provider IG Telecom has chosen Hughes HN broadband satellite solution to expand its services in central Africa

According to IG Telecom, the company will employ the Hughes HN System, comprising a Network Operations Center (NOC) and up to 2,000 HN9260 routers, to expand satellite Internet and VoIP service to homes and small-to-medium business in Gabon and neighbouring countries.

It also said that Hughes had customised the antenna solution to include a dual LNB, which would enable IG Telecom to deliver a triple play offering, including the French direct-to-home (DTH) television service Canal +.

IG Telecom president Alain Ba Oumar said, “We carried out cost comparisons of Hughes and other broadband satellite system providers and found the Hughes HN System to be the most reliable and cost effective.

“The NOC and routers will be a big part of our initiative to extend Internet services to currently un-served areas. An additional benefit is the ability to provide our customers with DTH service using the same outdoor equipment.”

Hughes Africa regional sales director Kannan Soupramanien said, “We are proud that IG Telecom selected Hughes technology, and especially opted for providing this exciting triple play offering.

“The HN System has been deployed globally, and powers the world’s largest high-speed Internet service, with more than 620,000 HughesNet subscribers in the US. We are confident that IG Telecom will experience great success with this system.”