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Hughes wins US Space Force contract

EchoStar-owned Hughes Network Systems has won a 5-year contract from the US Space Force. Valued at up to $500 million it has a potential 5-year extension option. The contract will benefit OneWeb and EchoStar’s Lyra S-band system. Hughes has a distribution contract in place with OneWeb, itself just days away from merging with Eutelsat. The […]

August 24, 2023By Chris Forrester

Dish Network seeks delays on spectrum purchase

Dish Network wants to delay paying $3.59 billion (3.3bn) it agreed with T-Mobile for 800 MHz licences for its proposed extension to Boost Mobile. The agreement covers a valuable nationwide slice of 13.5 MHz within the 800 MHz band. Dish was an important party to the deal struck when T-Mobile merged with Sprint. A buyer […]

August 21, 2023By Chris Forrester

EchoStar facing Class Action?

EchoStar, in the process of being merged with satellite pay-TV operator Dish Network, could be facing a Class Action of investors who are dissatisfied with the merger plan. Lawyers for the Action are saying the investigation concerns whether the EchoStar board breached its fiduciary duties to shareholders by failing to conduct a fair process prior […]

August 21, 2023By Chris Forrester

DISH Network, EchoStar to merge

In a move they say creates a global connectivity leader with premier wireless, satellite and video distribution capabilities, DISH Network Corporation and EchoStar Corporation have entered into a definitive agreement for DISH Network to combine with EchoStar Corporation in an all-stock merger at a fixed exchange ratio. The news confirms reports in July 2023 that […]

August 8, 2023

Jupiter 3 performing “nominally”

Jupiter 3, a massive satellite owned by EchoStar and serving clients of Hughes Communications which was launched on July 29th, is performing “nominally” – which is good news for its owner. The satellite, manufactured by Maxar Technologies, began sending and receiving its first signals shortly after launch, and engineers deployed Jupiter 3’s important solar arrays, […]

August 1, 2023By Chris Forrester

SpaceX lofts Jupiter 3 for EchoStar

After two scrubbed attempts, a SpaceX ‘Heavy’ rocket successfully placed a massive satellite for EchoStar-owned Hughes Communications into orbit in a night-time launch on July 28th. It was the 250th successful mission for SpaceX. The rocket’s core booster was supported by two side boosters – which a few minutes later made a synchronised landing back […]

July 31, 2023By Chris Forrester

Ergen seeks to merge DISH, EchoStar

Charlie Ergen, who is chairman of both DISH Network and EchoStar, is reportedly looking to merge the two businesses. Both companies are said to have appointed advisors, according to Semafor who first reported the story. DISH Network looks after Ergen’s declining pay-TV business including its DISH Anywhere and Sling OTT services. DISH is also the […]

July 7, 2023By Chris Forrester

EchoStar’s IoT success in Europe

EchoStar’s S-band service has achieved a 2023 IoT Business Impact Award from IoT Evolution and announced that seven leading European Internet of Things (IoT) service providers have signed multi-year commercial agreements to develop and sell IoT solutions using EchoStar Mobile’s Pan-European, satellite based, LoRa-enabled IoT network. EchoStar’s customers are API-K, Cyric, DalesLandNet, Dryad, Galaxy1, ProEsys […]

July 4, 2023By Chris Forrester

Jupiter 3 preps for launch

The massive Jupiter 3 satellite (also known as EchoStar XXIV) has arrived at Cape Canaveral in readiness for launch. The craft is the largest commercial communications satellite ever built. Built by Maxar Technologies of Palo Alto, California, it was flown in a giant Antonov aircraft to the space coast where it will undergo pre-launch testing […]

July 3, 2023By Chris Forrester

Hughes launches OneWeb LEO in-flight solutions

Hughes Network Systems, an EchoStar, and OneWeb, the low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite communications company, have agreed a Distribution Partner agreement to provide LEO connectivity services to the global airline market. As a worldwide OneWeb distributor, Hughes is launching new LEO in-flight connectivity (IFC) solutions, powered by the company’s electronically steered antenna (ESA), for airlines […]

June 7, 2023