Hughes Wins Broadband Deal with Philippines’ Cignal TV
Direct-to-Home (DTH) satellite provider Cignal TV has contracted Hughes Network Systems to provide HughesNet broadband service to its two million subscribers in the Philippines, Hughes announced May 27.
Cignal TV will utilize Hughes’ Jupiter VSAT platform, which includes user terminals and a network management system. The Hughes Jupiter System supports applications such as community Wi-Fi hotspots, cellular backhaul, enterprise networks and In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) services, in addition to broadband internet access.
A subsidiary of MediaQuest Holdings and PLDT Group, Cignal TV transmits 121 channels in the Philippines, including free-to-air, SD and HD channels to household and commercial venues . It also offers a mix of 12 audio channels and on-demand service through pay-per-view channels.
“To launch satellite internet, we need a platform that we know will deliver a high-quality experience for our two million customers – this is why we chose the Hughes Jupiter System,” Jane Jimenez Basas, president and CEO of Cignal TV said in a statement. “In addition to its proven ability to support home internet, the Jupiter platform gives us the flexibility to consider other satellite services, such as cellular backhaul, community Wi-Fi and enterprise applications.”