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Globally, an ever-growing demand for high-speed Internet access—with the latest statistics showing connectivity exceeding half of the world’s 7 billion population—crosses all borders and market demographics. Beyond the well-served urban centers, connecting the billions in ex-urban and rural areas with limited or no terrestrial broadband services has spurred the emergence of higher capacity and more cost-effective high-throughput satellite (HTS) systems to help close this so-called “digital divide.”
The Hughes JUPITERTM System, which powers HughesNet®—the world’s largest satellite broadband network with over 1 million subscribers in North America— and was named the Technology Innovation of the Year at VSAT 2014, has emerged as the leading choice of operators around the globe for delivery of satellite broad- band services in both enterprise and consumer markets alike. Beyond North America, it’s now been selected as the foundation system of new broad- band satellite services by operators in Turkey, Russia, Malaysia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
Featuring a modular and robust gateway architecture with lights-out operation, an enhanced air interface for bandwidth efficiency and performance, and a family of customer terminals capable of throughputs greater than 100 Mbps, the flexible JUPITER System enables operators to achieve the highest possible capacity and efficiency for any satellite broadband implementation. As evidenced by different operator implementations around the globe, JUPITER is the ideal platform even on conventional Ku- and C-band satellite capac- ities, with a seamless migration path to next-generation Ka-band high-throughput satellites.
With JUPITER, operators can be confident about delivering the widest range of applications across all market sectors, from high-speed Internet access, to cellular backhaul and on-the-move applications, to the most demanding enterprise solutions requiring strong security and QoS capabilities. A milestone using the JUPITER System for conventional satellites was recently achieved by Mexico’s Grupo Pegaso, with the successful deployment of 5,000 Ku-band terminals for broadband Internet access for rural schools and universities across the country. (See Closing the Digital Divide in Rural Mexico, page 9.)
Responding to customer needs, Hughes engineers continue to expand JUPITER product offerings, with the HT1400 as its latest high-throughput enterprise router.
Designed to operate over multiple satellite bands, including conventional C-band and Ku-band, as well as Ka-band, the HT1400 enables satellite operators around the world to leverage the power and efficiency of the JUPITER System over conventional satellite capacity while positioning them for seamless migration to future high- throughput satellites. In fact, depending on the configuration, operators may not need to replace existing outdoor electronics when upgrading to HT1400 routers.
“We developed the HT1400 specifically to meet the growing demand from enter- prise customers for high-performance networks,” said Ramesh Ramaswamy, Hughes vice president, international sales and marketing. “As an integral part of our JUPITER System, it paves the way for operators to rapidly implement a tech- nology upgrade over conventional C-band and Ku-band satellites in order to deliver even the most demanding enterprise appli- cations in a wide range of markets—while enabling easy transition to high-throughput Ka-band satellites in the future.”
Easy to use and cost-efficient to operate, all of the high-throughput remote terminals are powered by the JUPITER System on a Chip (SoC). Developed by Hughes engineers, the JUPITER SoC is an advanced very-large-scale-integration (VLSI) design incorporating multiple processors and is the key component that enables every JUPITER terminal to achieve greater than 100 Mbps throughput performance, capable of supporting a wide range of applications today and into the future.