Hughes to provide satellite for lottery in Spain

Hughes Network Systems announced that HNS, its wholly owned subsidiary, has been awarded a contract by Sistemas Tecnicos de Loterias del Estado (STL), a provider of information technology and telecomms services to the Spanish state lottery authority.

Under the five-year contract, HNs will provide a geographically redundant HN System Network Operations Centre (NOC), 2,800 HN7700S broadband satellite routers, and support/maintenance services for five years.

STL reportedly handles over two million lottery transactions per year.

The company said that the installation of the HN System NOCs began in May 2008 and that of the remote satellite terminals commenced shortly thereafter. Rollout is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2009.

Financial details of the contract were not available.