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In Roman mythology, Jupiter is the king of the gods. In our solar system, Jupiter is the name of the largest planet. So it goes without saying that JUPITERTM technology from Hughes would have to be something big.
And in fact, it is—as evidenced by the EchoStar® XVII satellite with JUPITER high-throughput technology. Boasting well over 100 Gbps capacity, it’s the cornerstone of the company’s HughesNet® Gen4 consumer Internet service in North America— delivering speeds up to 15 Mbps to a subscriber base surpassing 900,000, the world’s largest satellite service network.
But JUPITER’s borders are not limited to just one continent, with recent and planned launches of high-throughput Ka-band satellites creating demand for JUPITER technology globally. Indeed, in August 2013 Media Networks Latin America (MNLA), a Telefónica subsidiary, selected Hughes supply a multi-gateway JUPITER ground system to power the first Ka-band satellite Internet service in Latin America, with plans to bring the many benefits of broadband to 100,000 or more homes in Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Argentina, Ecuador, and Peru.
Now, building on its success in the Americas, that same JUPITER high-throughput technology is moving across the world to Russia as part of a major initiative to bring broadband to regions unserved and underserved by terrestrial broadband. The first step of this initiative in late December 2013 was the successful launch by the Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) of its AM5 satellite, which is positioned over the eastern part of Russia at 140 degrees east. Its Ka-band payload of 10 spot beams covers a large area in central, eastern, and northern Russia, crossing from Asia into parts of Eastern Europe.
Following a tender process under the auspices of the Russian Ministry of Communications, in late March Hughes was chosen to supply the winning service provider company, KaInternet,with a JUPITER System for this first Ka-band network in Russia. RSCC will operate the initial JUPITER Gateway in Khabarovsk and sell capacity to KaInternet, which will supply high-speed Internet services through retail and wholesale channels, including virtual network operators (VNOs).
Initial demand for these services is expected to exceed 100,000 consumer and small business sites over the next several years. But with only an estimated 50 percent of the Russian population enjoying broadband access, this is just the tip of a much larger potential market. Contrast that with North America, where the addressable market for high-speed satellite Internet is estimated at approximately 10 to15 million households, or about 10 percent of the population.
“As a pioneer in broadband satellite technology and services, Hughes is proud to be bringing our flagship JUPITER System to the world market, starting with Latin America and now Russia,” said Arunas Slekys, vice president and GM of Russia/CIS for Hughes. “It’s the ideal, most cost-effective solution to bridge the digital divide in both developed and emerging economies—which is reflected by RSCC’s plans to subsequently launch additional Ka-band satellites, bringing the many benefits of broadband to millions across this vast country.”
Forging new ground in the tradition of its name, JUPITER high-throughput technology from Hughes is today going global, powering the growth of Ka-band and extending the benefits of broadband to new users every day.
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