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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

EchoStar expands S-band strategy

Charlie Ergen’s EchoStar has moved in regard to its coverage of the planet with S-band frequencies. EchoStar already has European coverage with its EchoStar Mobile Ltd under a licence from the EU (although due to expire in 2027). EchoStar has now dramatically expanded that coverage with a commitment to launch 28 satellites with Astro Digital […]

February 3, 2023By Chris Forrester

OneWeb buys 10,000 terminals from Hughes

OneWeb, in the process of finalising its launch schedule and completing its Version 1 satellite constellation, has bought 10,000 ground terminals from EchoStar-owned Hughes Network Systems. Hughes confirmed the OneWeb order, saying: “Engineered and manufactured by Hughes, the terminals (model number HL1100) include the Hughes electronically steered antenna and compact indoor and outdoor equipment necessary […]

December 15, 2022By Chris Forrester

EchoStar, Maxar amend Hughes JUPITER 3 agreement

EchoStar has announced an amended agreement with Maxar Technologies for production of the EchoStar XXIV satellite, also known as JUPITER 3. The satellite, designed for EchoStar’s Hughes Network Systems division, is under production at Maxar’s facility in Palo Alto, CA. The amended agreement compensates EchoStar for past production delays by providing relief on future payments and […]

November 23, 2022

EchoStar’s Hughes loses 19% of subs

Satellite broadband operator Hughes, a division of Denver-based EchoStar, is having a tough time. Its global subscriber numbers fell some 19 per cent at 61,000 to a new total of 1.28 million during Q3. Damaging as this is, it has also emerged that its much-needed – and massive – new satellite, Jupiter 3, is also […]

November 7, 2022By Chris Forrester

Hughes admits “losing customers to Starlink”

Hughes Network Systems, a sister company of EchoStar and owned by Charlie Ergen, admits that SpaceX’s Starlink broadband service is now its “biggest competitive threat”. While Hughes says it can supply perfectly adequate services – especially when combined with an upcoming satellite/LTE combination offer to its customers – it now says that its biggest threat […]

August 8, 2022By Chris Forrester

Quadruple success for SpaceX; new giant launch

Another SpaceX launch success and subsequent landing on May 18th was the fourth Starlink batch lifted into space in barely 10 days. The launch carried 53 satellites into their transfer orbit. It has also emerged that a planned launch of a Maxar-built heavyweight satellite will be launched by a SpaceX Falcon ‘Heavy’ rocket in order […]

May 19, 2022By Chris Forrester

EchoStar reports “solid Q1 performance”

EchoStar is offering improved Pan-European access to its S-band capability over Europe. The service uses capacity from EchoStar XXI as well as its Solaris Mobile bandwidth (on Eutelsat W2A which it owns). The news emerged ahead of its Q1 results, which saw the satellite operator report revenues of $501.5 million, and net income of $91.4 […]

May 6, 2022By Chris Forrester

EchoStar Mobile launches LoRa early adopter programme

EchoStar Mobile, a mobile satellite services provider owned by EchoStar Corporation, hasannounced the launch of an early adopter programme for pan-European satellite-based LoRa Internet of Things (IoT) service and a white paper about accessing the benefits of massive IoT. Under the programme, participants in sectors such as transport and logistics, agriculture, oil and gas and […]

May 3, 2022

Hughes distribution deal with OneWeb Technologies

Hughes Network Systems, a specialist in satellite and multi-transport technologies and networks, has signed a distribution agreement with OneWeb Technologies, a wholly owned subsidiary of OneWeb, to deliver managed Low Earth Orbit (LEO) services to the US Department of Defense (DoD). The agreement follows the launch of the industry’s first managed LEO satellite communications (SATCOM) […]

April 7, 2022