Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company
With over 250,000 subscribers, Thuraya is one of the world’s most successful mobilesat operators, providing high quality voice and data services over a huge area extending from Europe and across the Middle East to Asia. Hughes developed the original GMR-1 system gateway and integrated GSM/satellite handheld for Thuraya, and was recently tapped to provide a packet data gateway and related terminal equipment. These innovative products enable Thuraya to deliver a range of broadband data services with multiple quality of service options through its new ThurayaIP offering.
Thuraya Mobile Satellite Terminals
Hughes has developed and supplies a wide range of mobile satellite terminals for Thuraya, such as dual-mode GSM cellular/satellite handsets and ThurayaDSL/ThurayaIP broadband data terminals. The ThurayaIP terminal offers “always on” high-speed packet data via satellite. Lightweight and compact, this innovative product offers speeds of up to 444 kbps on a shared channel, facilitating Internet services anytime and anywhere in Thuraya’s coverage area which covers most of Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia.
TerreStar Networks, Inc.
Hughes is developing a leading edge Satellite Base Station Subsystem (S-BSS) and air interface protocol for Terrestar Networks, Inc., including a novel ground-based beam forming (GBBF) subsystem which is a key component of its integrated satellite and terrestrial mobile network. At the component level, Hughes is also designing a satellite chipset platform based on the 3G UMTS standard, enabling wireless mobile devices to communicate over the satellite portion of TerreStar's network.
LightSquared (formerly Mobile Satellite Ventures)
Hughes is the supplier of LightSquared’s Satellite Base Transceiver Sub-System(S-BTS), the central element of the base station which will facilitate communication between LightSquared’s satellites and terrestrial communications network. To be located in LightSquared’s North American satellite gateways, the S-BTS together with the spacecraft under construction by Boeing, will represent the key components of LightSquared’s next-generation satellite network. LightSquared’s advanced, hybrid satellite/terrestrial network will provide high-performance, IP-based connectivity and services to consumers throughout North America. Hughes continues to manufacture LightSquared’s popular MSAT G2 radio transceiver which provides satellite based push to talk, telephony and data services to North America.
Hughes developed key technology for use in ICO Global Communications Limited alpha trial of Mobile Interactive Media (MIM) services, which addresses a wide variety of consumers' entertainment and communication needs, all based upon its next-generation geostationary satellite (ICO G1) and deployment of a terrestrial Ancillary Terrestrial Component (ATC). ICO MIM provides full-duplex, IP data communication services using Hughes' proven ETSI standard GMR air interface technology. Hughes developed an integrated satellite terminal and antenna system for ICO, incorporating GMR and DVB-SH technologies, plus a GPS receiver.