Satellite Technology Feature Article
Avanti's HYLAS 2 Launched Successfully
By Meenakshi Shankar, TMCnet Contributor
There is a huge opportunity for satellite communications services in emerging markets because of the soaring growth for data and voice services. Satellite operator, Avanti Communications touts its satellite infrastructure cover as ubiquitous, and capable of offering telecommunications services anywhere, even in remote locations. Continuing this trend, the company announced the successful launch of its new Ka-band satellite HYLAS 2, aimed at delivering significant high speed data capacity across the emerging economies of Africa, Middle East and Caucasus.
"I’m delighted that our second satellite, HYLAS 2, has been successfully launched and is operating under our control. It will now undertake a series of pre-planned in orbit acceptance tests over the coming three months before we commence service for customers,” David Williams, chief executive of Avanti Communications said in a press release.
Earlier in November, Avanti launched its first satellite called HYLAS 1 which was the first superfast Ka-band satellite launched in Europe. Avanti's second satellite HYLAS 2 is noted to change everything in the data markets across Southern and Eastern Africa, the Middle East and the Caucasus.
Avanti’s satellite broadband and backhaul products, based on the Ka-band technology, is said to reach beyond the traditional fixed-line and mobile networks, and the company claims its business continuity products are suitable for every organization.
Utilizing pioneering Ka-band technology HYLAS 2 will deploy 24 fixed beams and one steerable beam and is set to transform how businesses and governments access telecoms services. Traditional telecoms infrastructure is not commercially viable in large parts of many emerging market economies, due to issues of geographic scale, challenging terrain, security and access to financing. Satellite communications play an increasingly important role in bridging the digital divide, delivering telecoms access to a huge number of potential users who have previously been disenfranchised.
Satellite communications services are very attractive to government and enterprise customers, particularly those working in oil, mining, agriculture, banking and security sectors. Satellite communications services also have a major opportunity in Carrier Services, because such products are now cost effective enough to provide high quality backhaul and IP trunking to help telcos improve the resilience and capacity of their networks.
MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates, a provider of information solutions signed a contract valued at approximately CA (News - Alert)$35 million with United Kingdom-based Avanti Communications Group plc to provide a Ka-band broadband communications payload solution for its HYLAS 3 satellite. According to a release, HYLAS 3 will provide satellite data communications services covering Africa and the Middle East, and is expected to launch in 2015
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Edited by Brooke Neuman