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Hughes selected by Eutelsat to power Konnect VHTS

September 8, 2021

Hughes Network Systems, a specialist in satellite and multi-transport technologies and networks, has announced that Eutelsat Communications selected the Hughes Jupiter System Series 3 to enable services on the new Eutelsat Konnect VHTS (Very High-Throughput Satellite).

Currently under construction and expected to launch in 2022, Konnect VHTS will provide fixed broadband and mobility connectivity across Europe. Under the agreement, Hughes will design, manufacture and deliver Jupiter System gateways, end-user terminals and a network management system that support the Eutelsat Konnect VHTS payload and enable powerful digital reconfiguration with narrow frequency granularity for extensive flexibility.

“Eutelsat Konnect VHTS contains the most powerful on-board digital processor ever put into orbit, necessitating a ground system of equal calibre to make the best use of its capacity,” said Pascal Homsy, chief technology officer of Eutelsat. “The Jupiter System is the natural choice for Eutelsat Konnect VHTS, as it is proven to support multi-service networks with flexibility, reliability and efficiency.”

“We are proud that Eutelsat, a leading provider of multi-service satellite solutions, has selected Hughes, once again, to power its next-generation satellite,” said Ramesh Ramaswamy, executive vice president and general manager, International division at Hughes. “The de facto standard in the industry, the Jupiter System connects the new possible – enabling partners like Eutelsat to utilise capacity efficiently to meet the growing demand for fixed and mobile broadband services.”

This latest agreement follows the successful completion by Hughes of the ground system for the Eutelsat Konnect satellite, which entered service in November of 2020 and utilises Jupiter System gateways and user terminals to enable high speed satellite broadband.

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