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Delivering enterprise-grade broadband services to areas with limited landline infrastructure, or to far-flung operations such as maritime or oil and gas exploration, has always presented challenges. A decade ago, most operators simply could not justify expending the resources to build out networks to serve these remote locations. All that began to change in the mid-2000s when the newly introduced Hughes HX System became the affordable answer to delivering high-quality services in smaller networks, enabling both landline and mobile operators to operate their own systems—no matter how remote the area.
Now, with the release of HX System 4.0, Hughes is raising the bar for advanced satellite networks, bringing significant technology enhancements to the HX System that enable even higher performance and efficiency. These enhancements support the needs of a wide range of markets, including enterprise networking, IP trunking, 3G/4G cellular backhaul, Virtual Network Operator (VNO) hosting, and Comms- On-The-Move for airborne/maritime/ land, including defense and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR).
Internet usage is exploding around the world via a myriad of fixed and mobile devices—laptops, tablets, smartphones, and the like, which is quickly exhausting available address space under the current Internet access protocol, IPv4. As a result, IPv6, the next-generation protocol developed to replace IPv4, has become a critical issue for operators.
HX System 4.0 addresses this challenge with a dual-stack IPv6/IPv4 design, which enables the simultaneous support of both protocols. This means that operators can smoothly transition to IPv6 while continuing to support their installed base of IPv4 customers and devices, effectively future-proofing their operations.
HX System 4.0 introduces two key features that bring even greater efficiency and lower costs to operators. On the forward channel, implementation of Generic Stream Encapsulation (GSE) delivers up to 14 percent efficiency improvement. On the return channel, Low Density Parity Check (LDPC) coding, combined with Hughes adaptive coding, enables up to 33 percent efficiency improvement over Turbo Codes.
Two new satellite broadband routers come with HX System 4.0:
The HX90 is an all-new, high performance satellite router featuring up to 5,000 packets per second and up to 15 Mbps of TCP throughput. Paired with a compact outdoor unit representing the latest in a highly integrated radio filter design and available in either Ku-or Ka-band, the HX90 offers enhanced reliability and a single cable IFL that simplifies installation. The HX50L, an enhanced version of the popular HX50, includes support for LDPC return channels, and is intended primarily for C-band markets.
The HX200 series, including the HX200, HX260 and HX280, have all been performance-boosted to enable throughputs similar to the HX90. These technology upgrades provide operators with best-in-class throughput and efficiency to deliver high-grade services to their customers.
For military and defense organizations, HX System 4.0 provides key functionality and specific operational frequencies to support the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) system. The system, which has a WGS certification pending, includes a comprehensive set of enhanced mobility features, such as integrated Doppler correction, automatic beam switching, and enhanced return channel spreading.
Integral to all HX Systems is the industry-leading HX ExpertNMS™, a full-featured network management system that employs an intuitive graphical interface and an advanced set of monitoring and diagnostic features, enabling efficient management and optimization of network performance—even by inexperienced users, whether in a commercial or military environment.
Now with HX System 4.0, HX ExpertNMS has been upgraded to provide enhanced management capabilities for VNOs. This new capability enables a VNO to monitor and control elements within its operational service domain, allowing a wholesale network operator to effectively partition its network and provide complete control to private users of these partitions.
“We are excited to bring our wide range of operator, enterprise, and military customers the extensive benefits of HX System 4.0 for fixed and on-the-move broadband satellite solutions,” said Dave Rehbehn, senior director, International Division, Hughes. “Supporting the full range of C-, Ku- and Ka-band frequencies, HX System 4.0 is the ideal choice across all specialty and mobility market sectors.”
“With even higher performance and efficiency, the HX System enables AltegroSky to offer our clients the high level of services they demand at price points that meet their budget,” said Sergey Pekhterev, CEO of AltegroSky Group, a leading Hughes authorized service provider in Russia.
Commercially available in July, the HX System 4.0 brings operators the competitive edge to better serve their customers in even the hardest-to-reach areas around the world, with the highest performance and efficiency possible.
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