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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

EchoStar wants hundreds of new satellites

EchoStar is sitting on a war chest of $1.7 billion in cash, and wants to invest in an expanded fleet of wide-band satellites to augment its existing 28-craft fleet of Lyra narrowband satellites. The news emerged in EchoStar’s post-result analyst call when CEO Hamid Akhavan said: “We are in the design and engineering phase of […]

May 10, 2023

EchoStar’s “significant acquisitions” possible

EchoStar, in its recent results, highlighted its best performance in five quarters, reporting EBITDA that was ~9 per cent above consensus. Revenues were basically flat (but ~3 per cent above consensus), as equipment revenues grew 43 per cent, offset by a 7.6 per cent decline in service revenues (primarily consumer-based at Hughes Network). On March […]

March 10, 2023

EchoStar reports “solid” 2022

Charlie Ergen’s EchoStar business, which is largely made up of revenues from its wholly-owned Hughes Networks division, reported a decline of 57,000 broadband subscribers to Hughes during the quarter to December 31st. Total subscribers at Hughes are now 1.22 million. EchoStar’s consolidated revenues for the quarter (to December 31st) were $499.9 million ($498.6 a year […]

February 23, 2023By Chris Forrester

GlobalStar to repay debt to EchoStar

GlobalStar, which has won potential support from Apple for its iPhone emergency service, is to repay cash owed to EchoStar under the 2019 Facility Agreement signed between GlobalStar and EchoStar. The Apple project could not have proceeded had the debt not been repaid. GlobalStar says all its outstanding obligations to EchoStar will be met within […]

February 15, 2023By Chris Forrester