Telma to bolster GSM network with Hughes’ satellite technology

23 May 2012

US-based Hughes Network Systems has announced that it has been handed a contract by Madagascan telco Telecom Malagasy (Telma) to supply the latter with additional HX System remote terminals and an HX hub. With the technology deployment to form a part of the operator’s existing GSM backhaul project, Hughes’ recently announced HX Systems 4.0 platform will deliver high-speed IP services over satellite, supporting an expanding range of multimedia, video, data, and voice applications. With the system also expected to allow Telma to provide GSM backhaul with greater availability, installation is expected to begin in July 2012, and be completed within the month. Commenting on the development, Telma CEO Patrick Pisal Hamida said: ‘In 2005, Hughes provided us with the Hughes HN System Network Operating Centre (NOC) and broadband satellite terminals, which are being used to deliver rural telephony, corporate telephony, and internet and intranet access … We chose Hughes for this expansion as we have been very satisfied with the full carrier-class backhauling service we receive and the long-standing, excellent relationship we have. Malagasy people in remote area will benefit immediately from this upgrade and will enjoy better and faster services.’