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Hughes Network Systems announced today that it has signed a contract with the Mexican Ministry of Communications (pdf) to supply and build an 11,000-site broadband satellite network that will span the entire country and bring high-speed Internet and voice connectivity to previously unserved regions.

The new $24 million network will connect schools, hospitals, government locations, community centers and public calling offices across Mexico’s 32 states.

The company won the contract through a competitive selection process that included major international and Mexican broadband satellite equipment providers. The network will be operated by Telecomunicaciones de Mexico (Telecomm Telegrafos), a decentralized government office in charge of telecommunications in Mexico.

Hughes will supply every component of the network, from its Network Operations Center and 11,000 broadband terminals, to the fiber optic/Internet interconnection equipment, IP phones and wireless access systems to serve remote locations.

Almost 1100 solar power systems will support equipment off the power grid.

Mexican satellites are operated by Satélites Mexicanos (Satmex), a leading private company in Latin America which services both North and South America. Satmex offers broadcast, telephone, and telecommunication services to 37 countries in the Americas, from Canada to Argentina.

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