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The Future of Connectivity

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Jeffrey Hill of Via Satellite sat down with two Hughes thought leaders for his On Orbit Podcast. During the episode, titled The Future of Connectivity, they discussed how broadband connectivity is more than just a technology issue, it’s a fight for global economic equality. They also explored how the rollout of 5G services could impact the development of satellite hardware and ground terminals.

Here are some highlights from that episode:

  • When Hughes launched its earlier satellites, especially the powerful JUPITER™ series, people imagined that 1.5TB might prove to be a glut of capacity. Now, the forecast for demand is as high as 10TB per second by 2022.

  • People often consider the Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G as two separate topics. But in an IoT environment, everything connects to everything. With upwards of 50 billion devices anticipated around the world in the coming years, there will be an enormous volume and range of data being processed. That will require a broadband “super highway” and the type of ubiquitous coverage offered by a 5G network.

  • Hybrid connectivity and especially satellites are essential for keeping everything connected. The 5G network will require satellites to be integrated into the overall infrastructure. Customers don’t really need to worry about that though, said the Hughes execs. They only need to be concerned with service quality and ensuring their operations can stay up and running, in times of minor outages or major disasters. The hybrid model offers a true alternative path for such resiliency.

Ultimately, they stressed that an IoT environment needs seamless connectivity everywhere – to the degree that people won’t even be aware of when they’re using satellites and when they’re not.

Listen to the full podcast episode here.


The “Connecting the Unconnected” 6-part series featured several different Hughes executives covering a variety of topics, including: satellite internet, cellular backhaul, community Wi-Fi, emergency response communications and the regulatory environment. Find the previous five episodes and other podcasts on the Hughes website.