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mu Space, SES and Hughes to provide broadband access to rural Thailand

Mar 13. 2018
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By The Nation

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Rural communities in Thailand will soon be able to enjoy reliable satellite-based broadband services delivered by mu Space Corp using SES Networks’ satellite capacity and the JUPITER System from Hughes Networks Systems (Hughes), SES announced on Tuesday.

mu Space is a Thai space technology start-up 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 Thai citizens by providing reliable and affordable satellite-based broadband for telecom providers and businesses in the Kingdom, the partner companies said.

According to Thailand’s telecom industry database, only 12 per cent or about 8.3 million of the country’s 69 million people currently have access to broadband. 

“At mu Space, our mission is to deliver nationwide and reliable connectivity to everyone in Thailand in order to improve the quality of life of the local people. As such, we have been searching for the ideal partners to ensure that we can deliver reliable broadband services at the right price point. 

“Together with the global experience of SES Networks and Hughes, we are confident of the high service quality that we will jointly deliver in Thailand,” said James Yenbamroong, founder and CEO at mu Space.

“In rural and underserved areas, satellite is the best solution for broadband access as it’s much more affordable and faster to deploy compared to land-based internet infrastructure,” said Imran Malik, vice president, Fixed Data, Asia-Pacific at SES Networks. 

“We are honoured that mu Space has selected SES Networks as their partner of choice in bridging the digital divide in Thailand and are thrilled at the chance to empower Thai citizens with unlimited opportunities to improve their lives,” he added.

“In ex-urban and rural communities, terrestrial networks are difficult to roll out and costly, contrasted by the new generation of satellites and access technologies which bring affordable access to people anywhere cross continent-wide coverage areas,” said Ramesh Ramaswamy, senior vice president and general manager, International, at Hughes. 

“We are excited that SES Networks has chosen our JUPITER System and look forward to working with them and mu Space to deliver on their mission of bringing broadband to everyone in Thailand,” he added.

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