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Hughes High-Throughput Satellite Constellation

Ensuring continued leadership in satellite broadband services and solutions.

Hughes is the global leader in broadband satellite networks and services with the world’s largest and fastest satellite broadband network. The network supports a variety of consumer, business, enterprise, in-flight and cellular backhaul applications across two continents.

It utilizes the latest JUPITER™ System technology operating on the recently launched Hughes EchoStar XIX satellite, the world’s highest capacity broadband satellite. It also operates over EchoStar XVII and the Hughes hosted payload on the Hughes 65W satellite.

With next year’s launch of Hughes hosted payload on the Hughes 63W satellite, the network will be further enhanced and provide additional coverage in South America.

Supported by 49 gateways and hundreds of spot beams, the network will deliver more than 400 Gbps of capacity for use by consumer and business customers across North and South America.


In November 2015, Hughes announced a 15-year agreement with Telesat for Ka-band capacity on its Hughes 63W satellite, planned for launch in early 2018. The agreement calls for Telesat to deliver Ka-band capacity of 31 Gbps on Hughes 63W covering many countries in South America, which Hughes will utilize to expand its broadband satellite services for consumers. High-throughput JUPITER™ technology from Hughes will be deployed for the ground system and customer premises equipment.


Hughes 65W

Hughes has a 15-year agreement with Eutelsat Communications for the entire Ka-band capacity connected to the Brazilian service area on the Hughes 65W satellite. In July 2016, Hughes began utilizing this capacity to launch of HughesNet® high-speed satellite Internet service in Brazil, the company’s first international deployment of its award-winning consumer service outside of North America. HughesNet service reaches 85 percent of Brazil’s population, bringing the many benefits of affordable broadband Internet access to consumers and businesses either unserved or underserved by terrestrial broadband.

Spaceway 3

The SPACEWAY 3 system was designed and developed by Hughes as a next-generation, Ka-band broadband satellite system, the world’s first to employ on-board traffic switching and routing capability. SPACEWAY 3 was successfully launched in August, 2007 and is used to deliver a wide range of HughesNet broadband IP services to enterprise, government, and consumer/small business customers in North America. Combined with many other advances in satellite technology, such as 10 Gbps overall capacity, fast packet switching, and spot beam forming, the SPACEWAY 3 satellite ushered in a new world of bandwidth-on-demand satellite services, with true peer-to-peer, single-hop networking of high-performance ground terminals.

EchoStar XVII

EchoStar XVII with JUPITER high throughput technology is a next generation, Ka-band satellite which was successfully launched July 5, 2012.  It is designed with 120 Gbps of capacity―over 10 times the capacity of SPACEWAY 3 and up to 100 times more than today’s conventional Ku-band satellites. Like Echostar XIX, the satellite employs a multi-spot beam, bent-pipe Ka-band architecture and operates in geostationary orbit to enable HughesNet high-speed Internet services in North America. Its capabilities augmented the successful SPACEWAY 3 satellite system, the world’s first with on-board switching and routing, which Hughes put into commercial service in April 2008.

EchoStar XIX

In March 2017, EchoStar XIX with JUPITER high throughput technology with coast-to-coast coverage of the continental U.S., as well as Mexico and Canada entered service. EchoStar XIX is the world’s highest capacity broadband satellite, dramatically increasing capacity for HughesNet® high-speed satellite Internet service in North America. Employing a multi-spot beam, bent-pipe Ka-band architecture, EchoStar XIX delivers more than 200 Gbps of capacity―50 percent more capacity than EchoStar XVII.  Along with Echostar XVII and SPACEWAY® 3, Echostar XIX enables HughesNet Gen5 with more speed, more data and more advanced features for consumers and small businesses coast to coast who do not have access to “traditional” high-speed Internet. HughesNet was recently rated by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as #1 among all U.S. broadband providers, including both terrestrial and satellite, for delivering on advertised speeds.

Coming Soon!

EchoStar XXIV

  • Ultra High Density satellite
  • SSL built
  • Launch in early 2021
  • Cover the Americas
  • Enable speeds of 100 Mbps
  • 2-3 times increase of capacity
  • Consumer, enterprise, aero, cell backhaul and community WiFi