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HISPASAT will provide Ka band satellite links to extend Altán La Red Compartida in remote areas of Mexico

June 4, 2020

The Amazonas 5 satellite will connect 65 base stations to provide 4G LTE broadband mobile voice and data services in areas where it is not viable to roll out land-based infrastructure.

Satellite connections will make it possible to offer voice and data services to around 600,000 people with the 4.5G LTE coverage that Altán's network provides.

Cellular backhaul connectivity via satellite is essential in regions like Latin America to achieve robust, high-capacity capillary structures that mobile networks need given the boom of 4G and the arrival of 5G.

MADRID, 4 June 2020. HISPASAT, the Spanish telecommunications satellite operator, has reached an agreement with Altán La Red Compartida, the shared telecommunications network in Mexico, in order to provide transmission services to expand its mobile network. The Amazonas 5 satellite will provide Altán Ka band satellite links to connect 65 new base stations of its La Red Compartida. This shared network already provides 4G LTE broadband mobile voice and data service to more than 60 million Mexicans, and the company aims to extend these services to around 600,000 people who will benefit from the 4.5G LTE coverage that Altán's La Red Compartida provides.

This roll out foresees a major increase in the number of base stations in rural areas in the next two years and has recently completed its second stage of development. When the third stage concludes in January 2022, it is estimated that 70% of the Mexican population will be covered. Thanks to the agreement signed with HISPASAT, Altán can speed up the roll out of La Red Compartida in areas lacking coverage where the use of land-based infrastructure would require exorbitant costs or where this option is simply not possible due to difficult terrain.

HISPASAT has optimised the throughput of the Gilat SkyEdge IIC platform, which operates in the powerful Ka band capacity of the Amazonas 5 satellite, to meet Altán's availability and latency requirements. In addition to providing satellite capacity, HISPASAT is offering Altán a comprehensive managed service that includes the satellite equipment and the installation, operation, and maintenance of the service.

For Ignacio Sanchis, HISPASAT CCO, "this agreement means that the use of Ka band will become consolidated in Mexico for the most demanding satellite backhaul projects for LTE networks, as already happens in other countries, and reaffirms HISPASAT's position in the cellular backhaul vertical, which is highly important in bridging the digital divide in Latin America. We are proud that the high capacity and rapid roll out of our backhaul services contribute to successfully expanding Altán's La Red Compartida and that HISPASAT's satellites make it possible to expand connectivity to areas where telecommunications can be crucial to open new opportunities for economic and social development."

Fernando Bellido, Executive Deployment Director at Altán, stated that "thanks to HISPASAT's complete and resilient cellular backhaul solution, the roll out of our La Red Compartida in the most underserved areas of the Mexico can progress more quickly with the same quality in connectivity services that we offer our clients so that in turn they provide a better browsing experience to end users."

Cellular backhaul, a highly important vertical in Latin America

The agreement with Altán comes in addition to the new partnerships and contract renewals to provide dedicated satellite capacity to extend the mobile networks in the Americas that HISPASAT has signed in recent months. The operator already offers connectivity to more than 2,500 base stations, distributed across Mexico, the United States, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador and, within just the last few months, in Chile, Colombia and Argentina.

The cellular backhaul services who provide the satellites represent an exciting solution for mobile telecommunications companies that want to extend their connectivity in areas where land-based infrastructure roll out has geographic difficulties or is not viable in economic terms. Thanks to a satellite connection, it is possible to connect remote areas to the global mobile network, thus optimising economic investment and ensuring the capillarity that this type of communications needs.

The implementation of 4G technology and the arrival of 5G will lead to a growth in the demand for these backhaul services. As such, this type of satellite solution is especially ideal for regions like Latin America, home to vast countries, challenging geographic features and less-developed terrestrial communication infrastructures in certain areas. Specifically, market studies predict that the demand for geostationary satellite capacity for backhaul services in the region will increase by 21% between 2018-2028.

A basic telecommunications network to foster development in Mexico

Altán's La Red Compartida is a 20-year concession awarded by the Mexican government to Altán Redes that aims for the development of a wholesale, universal, continuous, neutral and non-discriminatory 4G LTE network that will cover 92.2% of the Mexican population in 2024, including 15% coverage in towns of less than 10,000 inhabitants. This ambitious roll out will contribute, among other things, to bridging the digital divide and making it easier to adopt information technologies in urban and rural areas in order to promote the creation of new telecommunications companies, incentivise greater investments in the sector, promote new digital services such as IoT, and guarantee greater connectivity and higher speed to telecommunications services.

About Altán

Altán is the private Mexican company that develops and operates La Red Compartida, the most important telecommunications network in recent years in Mexico. The company is rolling out cutting-edge technology to provide coverage to 70% of the population by January 2022, including through an aggressive social coverage programme in underdeveloped and digitally excluded areas across the nation to cover the nearly 100,000 towns of more than 250 inhabitants and to more than 20,000 towns with less than 5,000 inhabitants. Altán's La Red Compartida, developed on 4.5G LTE technology on the 700 MHz spectrum, offers the highest performance according to the independent quality indices published about the mobile market in Mexico. Under a commercial wholesaler model, the company has more than 60 clients, including the main telecommunications operators and retail distributors in Mexico, which sell the network's services to the end consumer. La Red Compartida Mayorista is developed through a Public-Private Association contract with the Mexican Government to promote the vision of achieving a country with more and better-connected residents, bringing the internet to everyone in the country. Altán's commitment is to reach at least 92.2% of the country's inhabitants by 2024.

About HISPASAT

HISPASAT, Red Eléctrica Group’s communications satellite operator, is a world leader in content distribution in Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries and its satellite fleet is used by important direct-to-home television (DTH) and high-definition television (HDTV) digital platforms. HISPASAT also provides satellite broadband and connectivity services, which include broadband access, mobility and backhaul networks, in addition to other added value solutions for governments, companies and telecommunication operators in America, Europe and North Africa. HISPASAT –which is comprised of companies that have a presence in Spain as well as in Latin America, where its Brazilian affiliate HISPAMAR is based– is one of the world's largest companies in its sector in terms of revenue, and the main communications bridge between Europe and the Americas.

Press contact:

Víctor Inchausti – tel. +34 91 710 25 40 – vinchausti@hispasat.es / comunicacion@hispasat.es


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