Kazteleradio Picks Hughes HX System for National Digital Network

ASTANA – Kazakhstan national broadcasting operator Kazteleradio Corporation has inked a contract with Hughes Network Systems from the U.S. for a comprehensive HX broadband satellite solution that will be used to monitor and control the state’s national digital terrestrial DVB-T2 standard television network.

Set to be one of the largest networks of its kind, the satellite solution includes more than 800 HX260 mesh terminals located at television towers across Kazakhstan, delivering high-quality voice and data connectivity for monitoring and control of all transmissions.

“We evaluated proposals from several solution providers according to the strict requirements of our technical tender,” said Abai Kadraliyev, chairman of the board of Kazteleradio. “Hughes was the only one to meet 100 percent of the criteria. The Hughes HX solution provides us with satellite channels to gather information on operations of the digital broadcast network with 827 sites. This solution has the best possible space segment efficiency while also enabling a number of important value-added services among our regional offices, such as video conferencing.”

“We’re proud that Hughes technology was chosen to power this important initiative in Kazakhstan,” said Arunas Slekys, vice president and general manager for Russia/CIS at Hughes. “It represents one of the largest mesh TDMA [time division multiple access] networks deployed anywhere, supporting a very high level of robust operation and reliability for Kazteleradio’s newly implemented digital terrestrial television system.”

The two HX gateways will be operated in a geographically redundant mode to ensure high availability, with HX260 mesh broadband terminals configured at every tower location for single satellite hop connectivity, ideal for voice and video conferencing, Hughes said in a press statement.

“Kazteleradio technicians can monitor proper and continuous operation of all transmissions, and are able to troubleshoot virtually every component at the remote facility when issues arise,” the company added.

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