AtContact Communications is expanding its broadband teleport business with a teleport hub installed in Alaska that will provide Ku-band broadband, cellular-backhaul and other communications to Alaskans outside the terrestrial telecommunications grid, Sedalia, Colo.-based AtContact announced.

The hub, which uses iDirect Technologies gear to link to a network of satellite user terminals in Alaska, will also serve as a ground station for a future broadband satellite that AtContact proposes to launch into the 121 degrees west orbital slot, according to AtContact Chairman David M. Drucker, a co-founder of EchoStar and founder of consumer broadband provider WildBlue Communications.

Current links are provided in Ku-band by SES World Skies’ AMC-15 satellite, which is used by EchoStar Communications of Colorado under a long-term lease of all the satellite’s capacity.