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Siraj Syed

Siraj Syed is the India Correspondent for and a member of FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics. He is a Film Festival Correspondent since 1976, Film-critic since 1969 and a Feature-writer since 1970. 



ConnecTechAsia/CommunicAsia 2018, II: Hughes News

ConnecTechAsia/CommunicAsia 2018, II: Hughes News

Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes), the global leader in broadband satellite networks and services, announced at CommunicAsia 2018, Singapore, June 26-28, that it has been selected by Mutiara (which translates as Pearl) Smart Senderian Berhad (Private Limited), a leading provider of network telecommunication and IT services in Malaysia, to deploy the JUPITER™ System bring enterprise-grade, managed network services to Malaysian government and defence agencies.

The Hughes solution selected by Mutiara Smart includes the HG220 JUPITER Gateway, remote terminals, and a network management system to deliver both C- and Ku-band capacity from two satellites cost-effectively, across all of Malaysia. The system features enhanced networking technology for increased efficiencies, as well as a 5IF interface capable of supporting multiple bands and transponders across, up to five satellites, ensuring future scalability.

“We were impressed by the ability of the Hughes JUPITER System to provide the high quality of service that our customers demand,” said Richard Alwani, chief business officer, Mutiara Smart. “We chose Hughes as our trusted partner because their advanced satellite technology has proven to be reliable and will serve the needs of our government customers as we work to become the leading ICT provider in Malaysia. Through this relationship, we’re excited to bring innovation and digital transformation to our customers.”

“We welcome Mutiara Smart to the class of leading operators around the globe that have deployed the JUPITER System, which has been engineered to service multiple market sectors where scalability, quality of service and security are of utmost importance,” said Ramesh Ramaswamy, senior vice president and general manager for the International Division at Hughes Network Systems. “Hughes is proud to have been selected to support Mutiara Smart in delivering services to government and defence agencies and we look forward to helping them grow their network managed service offering.”

The initial order includes a hub and 200 remote terminals, expected to expand significantly over two years.

About Mutiara Smart Sdn Bhd

Mutiara Smart is a Government Owned Company (GOC) under the Ministry of Finance and offers various ICT infrastructures, products, services and solutions to address the needs of its customers. Mutiara Smart is in Telecommunications, Defence & IT Security, IT Outsourcing and Oil and Gas related services. Mutiara Smart has been among the top providers of computers to the government agencies in Malaysia and has achieved several significant milestones in the ICT industry. Among others, we were the first Intel OEM in South East Asia and the first Microsoft OEM in Malaysia. It has evolved and diversified to focus on the new spectrum of Information Technology, and lead the industry by providing cutting-edge technologies. Moving

About Hughes Network Systems

Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) is the global leader in broadband satellite technology and services for home and office. Its flagship high-speed satellite Internet service is HughesNet®, the world’s largest satellite network, with over 1.2 million residential and business customers, across the Americas. For large enterprises and governments, the company’s HughesON® managed network services provide complete connectivity solutions employing an optimised mix of satellite and terrestrial technologies.

The JUPITER™ System is the world’s most widely deployed High-throughput Satellite (HTS) platform, operating on more than 20 satellites by leading service providers, delivering a wide range of broadband enterprise, mobility and cellular backhaul applications. To date, Hughes has shipped more than 7 million terminals to customers in over 100 countries, representing approximately 50 percent market share, and its technology is powering broadband services to aircraft around the world.

Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland, USA, Hughes operates sales and support offices worldwide, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), a premier global provider of satellite operations.

About EchoStar

EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS) is a premier global provider of satellite communication solutions. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., and conducting business around the globe, EchoStar is a pioneer in secure communications technologies through its Hughes Network Systems and EchoStar Satellite Services business segments. For more information, visit

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About Siraj Syed

Syed Siraj
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Siraj Syed is a film-critic since 1970 and a Former President of the Freelance Film Journalists' Combine of India.

He is the India Correspondent of and a member of FIPRESCI, the international Federation of Film Critics, Munich, Germany

Siraj Syed has contributed over 1,015 articles on cinema, international film festivals, conventions, exhibitions, etc., most recently, at IFFI (Goa), MIFF (Mumbai), MFF/MAMI (Mumbai) and CommunicAsia (Singapore). He often edits film festival daily bulletins.

He is also an actor and a dubbing artiste. Further, he has been teaching media, acting and dubbing at over 30 institutes in India and Singapore, since 1984.

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