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Hughes, Facebook launch Wi-Fi Hotspots in Chile

Hughes Network Systems, a global player in broadband satellite networks and services, has announced the launch of Hughes Express Wi-Fi in Chile. Already available in more than 1,500 small towns and communities in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Perú, each Hughes Express Wi-Fi hotspot is powered by satellite connectivity from Hughes and Facebook Connectivity’s Express Wi-Fi […]

January 9, 2021

Hughes Network wins OneWeb contract

Echostar-owned Hughes Network Systems has won a $250 million contract from OneWeb to supply gateway systems and user-terminal modules for OneWeb’s LEO satellites. Hughes will develop and manufacture essential ground system technology for the new LEO constellation. In a three-year contract, Hughes will produce the gateway electronics for the OneWeb system as well as the […]

December 18, 2020

SpaceX wins $885m for US rural connections

SpaceX has won a portion of the US government’s scheme to provide satellite-based broadband access to rural users. The pay-out, which totals $885.5 million, is part of the FCC’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF). SpaceX, and other non-terrestrial suppliers, had previously complained that they were being excluded from being considered. In total the FCC has […]

December 9, 2020By Chris Forrester

New OneWeb: Hughes is a likely winner

Putting $50 million into the consortium buying bankrupt OneWeb could be extremely lucrative for EchoStar subsidiary Hughes Network Systems/Hughes Connects (HNS). Hughes was an original investor in OneWeb and is now likely to gain $300 million in contracts for at least some of OneWeb’s important ground segment installations. HNS, via EchoStar, signed a contract with […]

July 28, 2020

EchoStar/Hughes join new OneWeb consortium

EchoStar-owned Hughes Network Systems is joiining the new consortium buying bankrupt OneWeb. Hughes will join the UK government and Bharti Global as part-owners. Hughes will, in principle, invest $50 million into the consortium. “Additionally,” says the Hughes statement, “[We] will continue as a trusted technology and distribution partner to OneWeb, the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) […]

July 27, 2020By Chris Forrester

Hughes Network to expand sat-broadband in India

EchoStar-owned Hughes Network Systems is to launch a consumer broadband-by-satellite service for India. June 2020 saw India’s government relaxing its former tight controls on all things connected to satellite, including space services such as satellite launching, rockets and similar services. “The lesson for us is we need to get into the HughesNet consumer service in […]

July 21, 2020By Chris Forrester

Brazil authorises Hughes’ Jupiter 3 satellite

Hughes Network’s massive Jupiter 3 satellite will be one of the largest in orbit when it launches next year. Brazil has approved its use to serve the nation with Ka-band capacity. Maxar Technologies is building the craft which is likely to be launched in the second-half of next year. Jupiter 3, also known as EchoStar […]

July 7, 2020By Chris Forrester

Inmarsat/Hughes object to SES/Intelsat C-band plan

Inmarsat and Hughes Network Systems have joined Eutelsat in objecting to the FCC’s current C-band auction rules. The pair say that the FCC’s incentive scheme favours Intelsat and SES and will give the two satellite giants an unfair competitive advantage. Inmarsat and Hughes (and EchoStar Satellite Services) have written to the FCC saying they agree […]

July 2, 2020By Chris Forrester