Xplornet commits over $200 Million to acquire all Canadian capacity On
upcoming High Throughput Satellite for Rural Broadband
WOODSTOCK, NB, May 14, 2014 /CNW/ - Xplornet Communications Inc.,
Canada's leading rural broadband service provider, today announced that
it has committed to Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), to a lifetime
lease for all of the Canadian satellite broadband capacity on Hughes'
EchoStar XIX, a next-generation high throughput satellite due for
launch in mid-2016. In addition to satellite capacity, Xplornet will
take delivery of satellite gateways, operational and support services
and consumer user terminals in a program that is expected to be worth
more than $200 Million.
Today, Xplornet offers high-speed Internet on its existing hybrid
satellite and wireless broadband network, including on the existing
Hughes EchoStar XVII satellite. This new capacity will enable Xplornet
to offer faster speeds and more data, meaning even greater value to its
rural Canadian customers.
"We are delighted that Xplornet have again chosen to partner with Hughes
for next-generation satellite capacity and technology," said Mike Cook,
senior vice president, Hughes. "As the worldwide market leader in the
provision of satellite broadband services and technology, we are
excited to continue to work with them to bring more speed, more
efficiency and an enhanced user experience to the Canadian market."
"This agreement for all of the Canadian broadband capacity on the
upcoming EchoStar XIX satellite is another milestone in our long and
successful relationship with Hughes," said Allison Lenehan, CEO of
Xplornet. He further added, "This capacity will enable us to continue
to meet the growing demands of our rural customers. We are investing to
deliver on the promise of making faster, more affordable high-speed
Internet service available for every Canadian - connecting them to what
Built by Space Systems Loral, EchoStar XIX is planning to launch
mid-2016 with over 160 Gbps throughput, about 50 percent greater
capacity than EchoStar XVII, which was launched in 2012 and is the
primary platform supporting nearly 1 million Xplornet and HughesNet®
customers across Canada and the United States. The new satellite is
being designed with next-generation architecture with more than 120
spot beams, facilitating the delivery of high- quality, high-speed
services for at least 15 years.
About Xplornet Communications Inc.
Xplornet Communications Inc. is Canada's largest rural broadband service
provider. We believe everyone should have access to the transformative
benefits of broadband, so we make our service available everywhere in
Canada, including the hard to reach places. We overcome the challenges
of Canada's vast geography through our deployment of Canada's first
national 4G network, which leverages our hybrid technology network of
fixed-wireless towers on the ground and next-generation satellites in
space. Our customers live in towns, villages, just outside of major
urban centres and in the farthest reaches of the country. Through our
coast-to-coast network of local dealers and professional installers we
connect our customers to all that the Internet has to offer. Xplornet is high-speed Internet - for all of Canada - connecting to what
matters. For more information, please visit www.xplornet.com.
About Hughes Network Systems
Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes) is the world's leading provider of
satellite broadband for home and office, delivering innovative network
technologies, managed services, and solutions for enterprises and
governments globally. HughesNet is the #1 high-speed satellite Internet
service in the marketplace, with offerings to suit every budget. To
date, Hughes has shipped more than 4 million systems to customers in
over 100 countries, representing approximately 50 percent market share.
Its products employ global standards approved by the TIA, ETSI and ITU
organizations, including IPoS/DVB-S2, RSM-A, and GMR-1.
Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland, USA,
Hughes operates sales and support offices worldwide, and is a wholly
owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), a premier
global provider of satellite operations and digital TV solutions. For
additional information about Hughes, please visit www.hughes.com.
SOURCE: Xplornet Communications Inc.
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