So what’s next for Hughes after the successful launch of its HughesNet® broadband service on the groundbreaking SPACEWAY® 3 satellite? It should be no surprise that the market leader is once again poised to push the high-tech envelope.
The company recently announced plans to launch a next-generation, high-throughput satellite in the first quarter of 2012 to expand its rapidly growing HughesNet service across North America. Employing a multi-spot beam, bent pipe Ka-band architecture, the new geostationary satellite will deliver over 100 Gbps throughput and use an enhanced version of the IPoS (Internet Protocol over Satellite) standard—the world’s leading broadband satellite standard.
Space Systems/Loral has been selected to manufacture the new Hughes satellite, based on its SSL 1300 platform, which has proven flexibility for a broad range of applications and is expected to provide service for 15 years or more. The new satellite’s capabilities will augment the successful SPACEWAY 3 satellite system, the world’s first with onboard switching and routing—bringing a wealth of high-performance, value-added services to Hughes consumer, enterprise, and government customers.