Currently, the large telecommunications operators such as AT&T and Telcel deploy the 5G network in the main cities of the country, whose markets have the greatest purchasing power to contract plans for the new network. But Marcos Duarte, HughesNet’s director of sales and operations, revealed that this year the company’s biggest bet is to position its backhaul technology as an alternative to expand 5G coverage in the country, mainly in remote areas.
“We are already very active with the main operators in Mexico, not only to offer them the solution, but also to install the technology,” he explained in an interview.
According to the HughesNet website, in June last year the company finished testing its backhaul technology with its Jupiter System terrestrial platform to connect fifth-generation smartphones.
“Around the world, mobile network operators currently use Jupiter System equipment to power thousands of backhaul sites for 2G, 3G and 4G LTE traffic, now with a clear path to 5G,” the company’s site details. .
The Federal Institute of Telecommunications (IFT) has indicated that communication via satellite is an important factor for the comprehensive enablement of the 5G ecosystem, since by integrating terrestrial and space components, services can be offered in areas outside terrestrial coverage, including aircraft. and vessels, fulfilling a diversity of purposes ranging from the ‘last mile’ problem to moving connections, among others.
Collaboration with CFE Telecom to close the digital gap
the main core of HughesNet in the country is the rural market, which is mostly served through satellite internet technology. The experience of serving sites where the main challenges are accessing the same populations and maintaining the service in times of natural disasters such as floods, as well as affordable rates so that users can continue accessing connectivity, has led to the company to support the project to close the digital gap of the current administration.
Duarte explains that the company Stargroup, part of HughesNet, is in charge of coordinating the alliance that he forged with CFE Telecomunicaciones e Internet para Todos and Altán Redes, without offering further details of the joint work.
The company’s participation in the government’s connectivity plan is based on the provision of broadband via satellite to bring internet services to low-density sites, especially in the southeast of the country.
And now, with the launch of the Jupiter 3 satellite, towards the last quarter of this year, and whose investment is around 1,000 million dollars, the company plans to provide greater satellite broadband capacity to the entire national territory and even to all of Latin America.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has indicated that in order to close the digital divide in the country, satellites will be required to connect to areas where it is difficult to deploy fiber optics. For this reason, in September 2021, the government, through CFE Telecomunicaciones e Internet para Todos, launched a tender for satellite companies to bring internet to rural areas to 8,000 sites.