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Executive Vice President, Engineering
In this issue we explore how Hughes innovations are answering the need for connectivity everywhere.
Q. Can you tell us a bit about the global landscape, from a technology perspective?
A. Many try to position satellite as a competitor of terrestrial. But satellite broadband networks complement terrestrial networks and provide costeffective connectivity in areas with inadequate terrestrial infrastructure. Hughes services and technologies have increasingly become an integral part of the wireline/wireless telecom ecosystem that delivers ubiquitous, high-availability, high-throughput services to end users. And this is true in both developed and so-called developing economies, as evidenced by the fact that during the last 30+ years, Hughes has shipped over 7 million VSAT terminals to customers in more than 100 countries.
Over the next decade, the largest driver for more bandwidth will come from the demand for consumer broadband in a mobile world. It will also continue spurring the need to achieve the lowest cost per bit in connecting people, enterprises, and things, besides delivering more capacity. The expanding deployment of 4G/5G/IoT terrestrial networks together with next generation High-Throughput Satellite (HTS) GEO and non-GEO (NGSO) satellites—including LEOs, MEOs and microSats—will target this demand.
Q. Can you expand on how satellite and terrestrial are complementary?
A. While terrestrial networks will seek to achieve higher capacity by reducing individual cell coverage areas, this in turn will create more opportunities for next generation HTS networks, providing backhaul and cloud opportunities for the impending tsunami of data no matter where it’s generated. An HTS system—like
our Hughes JUPITER™ System—covers wide areas with typically multiple uplink and downlink frequencies across many user spot beams to maximize capacity,
with multiple gateways providing terrestrial network connectivity for a set of user beams. HTS satellites like JUPITER 1 and 2, provide fixed mapping between uplink and downlink frequency bands, with a focus on capturing more broadband subscribers in the higher density population areas of the coverage. Collectively
with 4G/5G terrestrial networks, this architecture creates a truly ubiquitous global network. And new generation LEO satellites will further augment capacity from the sky, with the additional benefit of low delay for applications that require it.
Q. What is the role of these technologies and systems in the expansion of services around the world?
A. Our JUPITER System not only powers high capacity HughesNet® services across the Americas—with over 1.4 million subscribers and counting—it’s now become the platform of choice for operators on 6 continents, including smaller operators. Its scalability offers lower initial capital expense and incremental growth as subscriber demand justifies over time. The JUPITER System operates on both HTS and conventional satellites around the world, providing flexibility not just for fixed applications, but also for emerging mobility markets, such as aeronautical and maritime services traversing multiple countries.
As a case in point, beyond the U.S. and Canada (in partnership with Xplornet), HughesNet service now spans Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Mexico operating over multiple satellites: EchoStar XVII/JUPITER 1, EchoStar XIX/JUPITER 2, along with Hughes hosted payloads at 63W and 65W. Offerings are comparable across the Americas because of common JUPITER technologies in the gateways and customer VSATs, as well as in network management and back-office
systems delivering best-in-class Quality of Service (QoS).
Q. What are some of the ways Hughes is evolving its technologies to meet future demand?
A. At Hughes, we consider several factors as critical drivers for next generation architecture choices. These include user expectations, the changing nature of Internet traffic, the devices by which end users get service, and the technologies to be deployed. Next generation technologies include more advanced waveforms, the use of millimeter wave bands such as Q and V, mobility management, beam-tobeam and satellite-to-satellite handover, and upper layer enhancements. For
example, our JUPITER 3 System design has the capability to deploy Q and V band spectrum, which increases system capacity and enables higher data rate service plans for subscribers. It is a characteristic of JUPITER waveforms to be spectrally efficient, and of its wideband nature to deliver the lowest cost per bit. As an example, a single 200 Mbps JUPITER carrier waveform can deliver over 1 Gbps throughput, enabling the ever-higher grades of service capability demanded in the marketplace. And let’s not forget the increasing role of AI (artificial intelligence) and ML (machine learning) in our core systems and applications, including as examples software-defined radios and smart network management.
That’s the technology piece of it, all fueled by knowing that consumers expect connectivity everywhere. Beyond direct VSAT services per customer, Hughes solutions combine satellite backhaul of cellular networks to extend affordable connectivity to the public using their handheld phones or other devices. Local communities can take advantage of Community Wi-Fi delivered over satellite links in a low-cost shared model, as more powerful JUPITER VSATs have the capability for multi-user mobility extensions. This footprint extension of Hughes networks is complementary to the evolution of 4G/5G/IoT roll out, which some estimates say will lead to 50 billion or more connected devices globally.
In order to achieve the vision—not just for Hughes but for the benefit of all within the telecom ecosystem, including end users—the satellite community needs to work with the various regulatory organizations to secure adequate spectrum around the world. Only then can we build the complementary systems to support the ubiquity that leads to connectivity everywhere.
Q. What is Hughes doing to anticipate the need for even larger capacity systems? In other words, what’s next?
A. Technology will not stand still. Our next generation JUPITER 3 satellite will deliver over 500 Gbps of capacity. In short, capacity will only keep growing and cost
per bit keep coming down. Newer space technologies mean a larger structure, with more DC power and electric orbit raising—leading to more mass capability and larger payloads. Several payload enhancements include higher radio frequency (RF) operation up to 50 GHz, with more spot beams to improve capacity density and allow for more competitive service plan offerings. Hughes gateways and VSATs will leverage the latest technologies in baseband signal processing, solid state electronics, and passive as well as active RF devices, while real-time embedded software will enable higher performance networks and an increasing set of applications.
Hughes will continue to develop and deploy technologies that improve the efficiency of transport in terms of bits/Hertz, that can drive new applications
in narrowband systems and further support the IoT evolution as part of 4G/5G. The emergence of LEO broadband satellite systems like OneWeb fits well with
JUPITER because they’ll offer more capacity, more coverage, and more choices of opportunities around the globe, including applications requiring lower delay as noted earlier. The Hughesdeveloped OneWeb gateways will be essential in hybrid GEO/LEO systems, where policy-based routing provides choices for optimum traffic paths. GEO satellite systems like JUPITER will continue to flourish as high capacity needs soar in diverse regions and areas.
We’re living in a period of unprecedented growth in demand for connectivity of people, enterprises, and things globally, which will keep our engineers very challenged and very busy for years to come.
Youth in Action, Sponsored in Part by HughesNet, Recognizes Young People Who Create a Lasting Impact in Their Community
With a shared passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), the National 4-H Council and Hughes have worked together since 2014 to inspire the next generation and broaden access to STEM education in an increasingly technology-dependent world. That includes recognizing young leaders who apply STEM principles to positively impact their communities.
Recently, National 4-H Council announced that Clyde Van Dyke, 18, of Johnson City, NY, was selected as the winner of the 2019 4-H Youth in Action Award, recognizing him for his resilience and commitment to using technology to spark community change. Van Dyke had won the 4-H Youth in Action STEM Pillar Award
sponsored by HughesNet®, making him eligible among other “Pillar” winners for the overall honor. The announcement came at the National 4-H Council Legacy
Awards in Washington, D.C., with notable 4-H alumni in attendance including singer and songwriter Jennifer Nettles and celebrity chef Carla Hall. As the
national Youth in Action winner, Van Dyke received a higher education scholarship sponsored by HughesNet.
A New York 4-H’er, Van Dyke faced many challenges in his childhood, including losing his mother at a young age. But everything changed when a friend invited him to a 4-H technology club meeting. Not only did the 4-H program bring him access and exposure to technology, it helped him develop a wealth of resources and life skills that altered his perspective and motivation.
“Without 4-H, I would’ve slipped through the cracks. 4-H gave me the motivation and resources I needed to overcome the mindset that I couldn’t succeed,” said
Van Dyke. “Now, I show other kids the path for success and what they can gain in 4-H, too.”
“Clyde has demonstrated an authentic passion for applying STEM skills to solve real-world problems,” said Peter Gulla, senior vice president of marketing for HughesNet. “We are proud to support him on his journey to continued success in STEM and in life. We are equally proud to work together with 4-H to continue
broadening young people’s access to STEM education.”
Other 4-H programs supported by HughesNet include the National Youth Science Day, scheduled for October 9, 2019, and STEM Lab—a free online hub offering fun, hands-on activities developed by top public universities and 4-H groups to spark kids’ interest in STEM.
Hughes recently announced the launch of Hughes Express Wi-Fi in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico, supported by the Facebook Express Wi-Fi platform. Hughes Express Wi-Fi empowers merchants in small villages and towns to offer affordable Internet access to their customers on a prepaid basis, employing a solution that combines a Hughes satellite VSAT and Wi-Fi equipment with Facebook’s Express Wi-Fi platform.
“Our combined turnkey solution enables local merchants to manage their own hotspots and sell affordable Internet service to people everywhere,” said Vinay
Patel, senior director, International Division at Hughes. “This exciting partnership with Facebook opens up a large market opportunity to expand HughesNet high-speed satellite Internet service while supporting local communities throughout Brazil, Colombia and Mexico.”
“Express Wi-Fi supports the Facebook Connectivity mission to bring more people online to a faster Internet,” said Paul Monte, technical program manager, Express Wi-Fi, Facebook. “We’re excited to partner with Hughes given the great potential to connect rural communities across Latin America by leveraging both Hughes satellite technology to reach underserved areas and the Express Wi-Fi platform to offer an end-to-end software solution for the network operators,
local retailers, and Internet users.” Facebook’s Express Wi-Fi is a platform that helps service providers and mobile network operators build, operate, grow, and monetize their Wi-Fi business in a sustainable and scalable way.
Improved performance and efficiency for world’s most widely deployed satellite network platform
Through the decades, Hughes has applied a “virtuous cycle” to developing technologies and services. As a continual feedback loop, this cycle fuels ideas for new technologies that help customers meet their business needs, spurring the development of services, which then further drives innovation. In this way, Hughes engineering leadership consistently meets the increasing demands for connectivity.
Such is the case with recent enhancements of the JUPITER™ System, the world’s most widely deployed platform for broadband services over both High-Throughput Satellites (HTS) and conventional satellites. Designed to achieve higher performance and efficiency to better meet the exploding demand for connectivity, the enhancements enable network operators to expand their range of broadband offerings and tap into new markets—from Community Wi-Fi, to cellular backhaul, to aero and maritime connectivity.
“The latest enhancements to our JUPITER System again raise the bar for satellite broadband network performance and efficiency,” said Dave Rehbehn, vice president, International Division at Hughes. “Continuous technology investment increases opportunities for our network operators, strengthening their position in the marketplace and solidifying our leadership as the partner of choice.”
Designed with the advanced DVB-S2X standard, terminals in the JUPITER family now support 300 Mbps of throughput plus acceleration of 16,000 TCP sessions—ideal for applications with many simultaneous users, whether for fixed cellular backhaul and Community Wi-Fi hotspot solutions, or for mobility services on an airplane or ship. Employing an integrated linear Ka-band radio, the JUPITER System supports both 8PSK and 16APSK higher order modulation schemes, delivering more bits per Hertz, which, combined with reduced spacing of the return channel, yields higher bandwidth efficiency and lower service cost for operators. Additional new features include Layer 2 support, enabling operators to integrate satellite and terrestrial offerings seamlessly, plus support for mobility roaming among JUPITER-equipped operators offering aero and maritime services.
Today, most military and commercial satellite communications networks are closed, “stove-piped” or “singlethreaded” systems that do not interoperate or work in conjunction with one another. Without a secondary or tertiary network path to back up the primary connection, this siloed architecture leaves network terminals vulnerable. This is especially problematic for the remote terminals associated with military satellite communications (SATCOM) operations, where a signal disruption can cut off communications entirely.
Inspired by SD-WAN
Drawing on its experience operating HughesNet®, the world’s largest commercial satellite network with over 1.4 million endpoints, and its award-winning HughesON™ Managed SD-WAN Solution, Hughes is helping the Department of Defense (DoD) build more resilient satellite networks.
“Military networks must possess intelligent, self-healing capabilities that leverage alternative network pathways so they can recover from threats that disturb normal operations, whether it’s blockage caused by trees and terrain or a deliberate attack,” explained Dr. Rajeev Gopal, vice president of advanced programs for
Hughes Defense & Information Systems Division (DISD).
Hughes has been developing and testing a range of solutions for DoD which utilize advanced network management capabilities, including Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) software, standardized interfaces and the Hughes Flexible Modem Interface (FMI) control software. Prototypes are critical for DoD to
validate technologies and solutions within their own unique environment.
As an example, AI and ML components enable remote terminal and network management, including the ability to automate network path adjustments in case of
interrupted transmissions. Greater system interoperability, which is necessary to allow a terminal to choose from and access multiple networks, can be created using standardized interfaces and the Hughes FMI control software. By using AI/ML along with the common interfaces, processes and rules-related decision-making can be automated based on mission priorities.
“Hughes FMI software can assess what is happening across network services—good or bad—and implement changes for greater efficiency,” added Gopal. “Changes can be driven by a new rule or logic rather than having engineers perform coding tasks manually, as in the old days. This is much faster and more
efficient, reducing lengthy processes down to hours or even minutes that used to take weeks or months to program.”
A Proving Ground for NBSA
Most recently, Hughes was awarded an $11.8M contract by the U.S. Army to research and demonstrate solutions and prototype products to improve transport
and network performance availability and reliability. Answering the Army’s requirement for improved resiliency and interoperability among SATCOM systems, Hughes will demonstrate a new, end-to-end Narrowband SATCOM Architecture (NBSA) incorporating AI and ML features. The NBSA will be designed to improve three critical areas—network management, automated control, and system interoperability—for the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, C5ISR Center, Space and Terrestrial Communications Directorate.
“We are now seeing significant interest in military applications that build on the same network management expertise that we’ve developed over the last 30 years,” said Rick Lober, vice president and general manager of Hughes DISD. “We’re proud to have been awarded three important contracts in the last seven months that leverage these capabilities including work on the DoD’s next generation satellite gateways.” Gary P. Martin, Retired U.S. Army Program Executive Officer for Command, Control and Communications, explained, “Hughes is one of a few commercial companies that has demonstrated the capability to operate very large networks consisting of both SATCOM and terrestrial components. Their expertise, unique technologies, and integrated solutions should be considered by the Department of Defense as they continue to modernize their networks. The area of network management is fundamental to improving the performance, resilience, and responsiveness of large complicated networks. Hughes does this well on commercial offerings and I am pleased to see that they are bringing this expertise to the Department of Defense.”
Ultimately, these and other Hughes solutions have the potential to create a more resilient, cost-effective, and flexible SATCOM architecture for global security applications.
Hughes Certified as Gilbarco Managed Network Services Provider
HughesON™ Managed SD-WAN Solution provides retail petroleum customers with an authorized alternative to the Gilbarco Secure Zone Router
Hughes recently earned certification as a Gilbarco Managed Network Service Provider (MNSP), which authorizes provision of its HughesON Managed SD-WAN
solution as an alternative to the Gilbarco Secure Zone router. Compatible with the Gilbarco Passport® Point of Sale system employed by leading retail petroleum
customers, the HughesON solution is fully compliant with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) standard and highly secure, employing either the HR4860 SD-WAN
gateway or Fortigate router.
“More than ever, retail petroleum customers rely on their networks to provide application assurance,” said Dan Rasmussen, senior vice president, North America Sales and Marketing. “With this certification, customers on the Gilbarco Passport system can confidently choose our industry-leading HughesON SD-WAN solution to meet the need for high performance, next-generation security and scalability to deploy new services, mobility, and partner applications.”
Both the Hughes HR4860 secure SD-WAN gateway and Fortigate router feature Zero Touch Provisioning (ZTP), which performs automatic configuration—dramatically simplifying deployment and installation, eliminating the need for an onsite technician. In addition, HughesON SD-WAN solutions using the HR4860 or Fortigate router seamlessly manage the “Gilbarco zone” in place of the current routing device.
Vertical Systems Group LEADERBOARD Ranked Hughes among the top Carrier Managed SD-WAN Providers based on U.S. Market Share. The award-winning
HughesON™ Managed SD-WAN Solution positions Hughes at the forefront of managed network services globally.
As a leading provider of managed network services under the HughesON™ brand, Hughes earned a top spot on the 2018 U.S. Carrier Managed SD-WAN LEADERBOARD by Vertical Systems Group, an industry-leading insights firm with over 30 years of independent research experience. Rankings are based on percent of installed Carrier Managed SD-WAN customer sites in the U.S. as of year-end 2018, with Hughes having the second-highest showing. Hughes counts
over 30,000 deployed SD-WAN sites among the nearly half million enterprise sites it manages for customers worldwide.
“Hughes earned its high ranking,” said Rick Malone, Principal, Vertical Systems Group. “Many Hughes customers have large, widely dispersed networks, and Hughes has proven to be adept at delivering large scale, complex, and resilient SD-WAN services.”
“We are pleased to be recognized by Vertical Systems Group for our worldclass HughesON Managed SD-WAN solution,” said Dan Rasmussen, senior vice president, North America Sales and Marketing. “This recognition reflects our commitment across our managed services portfolio to go the extra mile to build, manage, secure, and optimize the networks and technologies that enable our customers to meet their business goals.”
Built in 1875, Crisp Point was one of five original Lake Superior Life-Saving Stations along the coast between Munising and Whitefish Point in Michigan. Plans to build the lighthouse were proposed originally in 1896 and approved in 1902, and a 15-acre plot of waterfront land was purchased for $30 dollars in 1903.
Once completed, the site featured a life-saving station and living quarters, a brick lighthouse keeper’s dwelling, a brick fog signal building, an oil house, two frame barns, a boathouse and landing, a tramway, and the 58-foot lighthouse tower. To this day, it operates as a navigational lighthouse, as well as a popular tourist spot, museum, and gift shop.
For more than a century, the Crisp Point Lighthouse has stood on a wind-swept shore of Lake Superior guiding mariners to safety. Ensuring the historic landmark continues to operate both as a safe haven and historic tourist attraction requires a modern approach to connectivity.
When Rick Brockway stumbled upon the remote Crisp Point Lighthouse in 1993, he knew he had found something special. Located near Whitefish Point in upper Michigan, 38 miles from the nearest town, the museum and its thriving gift shop were owned and operated by an elderly couple with the help of the non-profit Crisp Point Lighthouse Historical Society. Rick began volunteering for the organization in his spare time, and soon was elected treasurer; by October of 2009, he assumed the role of president.
The Crisp Point Lighthouse Historical Society self-funds operations, costly restorations and general upkeep through income from the gift shop. In fact, the very survival of the historic site depends on processing credit cards for gift shop purchases. Each transaction requires a secure and rapid connection to the bank or credit card company to verify the card and authorize payment. Surrounded by water and trees for nearly an hour of travel in any direction, the Lighthouse lies well beyond the reach of cable or fiber services, and for a time depended on its telephone provider to process credit card transactions—which proved to be slow and unreliable. This prompted Rick to switch to HughesNet® high-speed satellite Internet.
HughesNet for Business provides the connectivity Crisp Point needs to ensure credit card transactions are processed quickly and securely, protecting this vital income stream for the Lighthouse. Rick reports that his satellite Internet service exceeded expectations so much so that they terminated their phone service and now rely on HughesNet for both voice and Internet. The bottom line is that HughesNet provides Crisp Point Lighthouse the connected experience it requires to navigate business demands and illuminate new possibilities for growth.
Over 32,000 Hughes Community Wi-Fi Hotspots bring affordable Internet access to millions
Hughes Community Wi-Fi Hotspots offer a shared cost solution for making satellite broadband affordable to people in areas around the world where terrestrial
broadband is unavailable or too expensive. Leveraging the Hughes JUPITER™ System, the world’s most widely deployed platform for broadband satellite services, these hotspots can be readily configured in public places such as schools, stores and community centers, or to serve neighborhoods and small businesses, where any user with a Wi-Fi capable handheld or laptop can access the Internet. By virtue of the shared solution serving tens or even hundreds of users, capital expense per user is far less than a dedicated broadband deployment and can be government-subsidized to meet Universal Service Obligations (USO) or prepaid on a per-use or subscription basis. Today, Hughes service provider partners have deployed over 32,000 satellite-enabled Community Wi-Fi Hotspots in Russia, Mexico, Brazil, and Indonesia, bringing the benefits of Internet access to more than 25 million people.
According to Vinay Patel, senior director, International Division at Hughes, “The Wi-Fi Hotspot solution and subscriber business model solve the very real problem of bringing affordable Internet access to communities everywhere, especially in areas outside the reach of terrestrial broadband.” Hughes also deployed short-term Community Wi-Fi Hotspots following the devastation of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico to help municipalities that had been cut-off from their communications infrastructure. This proved critical not just for storm victims to contact loved ones, but also to support the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) relief efforts.
As examples of the Home/SME solution model in Russia, long-time Hughes service provider partners AltegroSky Group of Companies and КВ Iskra have deployed 1,300 satellite-enabled Community Wi-Fi Hotspots. With an average of 250 people having access to each hotspot, the solution now reaches over 300,000 people in the Far East, Siberia, Central, Ural, and Caspian/Volga regions—all vast areas where Internet access was previously unavailable or unaffordable.
“Before we began providing Community Wi-Fi service with Hughes, many villages in Russia did not have access to reliable broadband Internet service,” said Sergey Pehkterev, head of the AltegroSky Group. “Today, we have connected hundreds of villages to the Internet.”
Andrey Romulov, chairman of the Board of Directors of КВ Iskra, added, “About 90 percent of our subscribers are connected to Hughes VSATs collectively. This solution gained popularity due to its low cost of entry, and our high quality, customer-oriented local support. For villagers, broadband Internet access is sometimes the only way to use public services and receive online education. It is difficult to overemphasize the social significance of satellite solutions—we are constantly witnessing dramatic improvements in the lives of local communities, and these stories inspire us to continue the development of digital services.”
Offerings meet exploding demand to connect people, enterprises, and things
"At Hughes, we first started our business in the U.S., our home base, where we pioneered satellite networks for enterprises over three decades ago,” said Hughes
president Pradman Kaul. “From there, we steadily expanded our systems product sales globally, reaching customers in over 100 countries across a wide range of
enterprise verticals and government organizations, while also steadily increasing the ratio of services to equipment sales. In the last decade we challenged conventional wisdom and successfully broke into the consumer market with our flagship satellite Internet service HughesNet®—now the world’s largest satellite network, with over 1.4 million subscribers spanning the Americas. This strategy of providing both services and the systems and customer products that deliver them continues to be our winning formula, resulting in businesses where we own and operate the delivery infrastructure—including the Americas, Europe, and India—and by partnering with operators where it makes sense, such as announced recently with Yahsat to bring satellite broadband services to Africa, the Middle East, and southwest Asia.”
Additional agreements subsequently signed to expand services in India, Brazil, Western Europe, and Africa are evidence of the company’s pursuit of this winning strategy.
Scale, Efficiency and Reach across India
On May 6, 2019, at the World Satellite Conference in Washington DC, Hughes and Bharti Airtel Limited (“Airtel”) of India announced an agreement to combine
their satellite (VSAT) service operations. This merged entity will bring greater scale, operational efficiencies, and market reach to serve India with secure and
reliable broadband satellite and hybrid solutions for enterprise and government networks. Hughes and its subsidiaries will maintain majority ownership in Hughes
Communications India Ltd (HCIL), the surviving entity, and Airtel will have a significant shareholding.
“In India today, satellite is an important layer in enterprise networks across all kinds of industries—from retail to petroleum to banking to military,” said Partho Banerjee, president and managing director, HCIL. “Together with Airtel, HCIL will expand our satellite and terrestrial operations to serve the growing demand for always on, always available network connectivity across the country.”
The largest satellite service operator in India, HCIL provides broadband networking technologies, solutions, and services for businesses and governments. Airtel is a leading telecom provider in 18 countries and ranked in the top three of mobile service providers in India. The combined entity is positioned to introduce new satellite and related technologies to deliver a wide range of quality products and services to support the needs of enterprise and government customers across India.
Combined Capacity to Reach 95% of Population in Brazil
A joint venture between Hughes and Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), a leading global satellite operator based in the United Arab Emirates, will provide commercial Ka-band satellite broadband services in Brazil. This combination creates a strong value proposition to serve the rising demand in Brazil for a wide range of broadband services, including consumer Internet access, enterprise networks, cellular backhaul, and Community Wi-Fi hotspot solutions.
The new entity will leverage more than 65 Gbps of Ka-band satellite capacity on Hughes 65 West, Hughes 63 West and Al-Yah 3 High-Throughput Satellites (HTS)—reaching more than 95 percent of Brazil’s population. In addition to three gateways and existing capacity, this new entity will also utilize capacity on Hughes
next-generation JUPITER™ 3 Ultra High-Density Satellite, designated EchoStar XXIV, expected to launch in 2021.
“Our partnership with Hughes supports Yahsat’s mission to enable social and economic development by empowering communities in remote regions with high-performance broadband connectivity,” said Masood M. Sharif Mahmood, Yahsat’s chief executive officer. “We now look forward to combining our efforts to
unlock the massive potential of the largest and most exciting economy in Latin America.”
“Yahsat is the logical partner for Hughes in Brazil, as we continue to expand our services and meet growing demand across consumer, enterprise and carrier markets,” noted Mr. Kaul. “Brazilians throughout the country will benefit from the capacity, scale, and operational synergies of our combined entity as we connect the unconnected and enable businesses and communities to thrive.”
JUPITER System to Power Services in Western Europe and Africa
In another significant agreement, Eutelsat Communications selected the Hughes JUPITER System to enable services on its KONNECT new-generation HTS for Western Europe and Africa. The agreement calls for Hughes to supply a significant part of the ground network system for KONNECT, expected to launch in 2019.
Eutelsat selected the industry-leading JUPITER platform because it aligns with the operator’s focus on delivering the highest quality of service through technological performance.
“We are committed to delivering easy, affordable, and fast Internet through our KONNECT satellite broadband initiative,” said Yohann Leroy, deputy chief executive officer and chief technical officer, Eutelsat. “To do that, we needed a ground network solution that can enable the efficiency and performance that our KONNECT
satellite is designed to deliver, and that is why we chose the proven Hughes JUPITER System.”
“We welcome the opportunity to further our longstanding relationship with Eutelsat as we work together to connect the unserved and underserved,” said Ramesh Ramaswamy, senior vice president and general manager, International Division at Hughes. “Their selection of the Hughes JUPITER System reinforces its position as the worldwide platform of choice for high performing and efficient satellite broadband solutions, and we look forward to helping Eutelsat realize the full potential of the KONNECT satellite.”
The JUPITER System is the next generation platform for VSAT networks, designed and optimized for broadband services over both high-throughput and conventional satellites. Incorporating the wideband DVB-S2X industry standard and designed with a powerful System on a Chip, JUPITER enables very high overall efficiency and fast packet processing rates. Eutelsat’s Ka-band KONNECT satellite is designed to deliver direct-to-user consumer and enterprise broadband services and will also be used for community networks connected to Wi-Fi hotspots, mobile system backhauling, and rural connectivity.
As summarized by Mr. Kaul, “ These agreements are all about fulfilling our mission to bring high quality satellite connectivity to millions of people, enterprises, and things, especially in areas unserved or underserved by terrestrial broadband.”
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