SSL Sells Jupiter-3 (Ultra High Density Satellite) to EchoStar

August 10, 2017

Space Systems Loral had signed a contract with Satellite fleet operator EchoStar of Englewood, Colorado for the long-awaited Jupiter-3/EchoStar-24 satellite meant to further propel the company’s broadband internet success in the Americas and compete head to head with ViaSat’s forthcoming ViaSat-3 system.
In a conference call with investors and in statements from EchoStar and SSL, the companies described Jupiter-3 as an “ultra high density satellite,” capable of beaming honed capacity to concentrated areas of interest for connectivity services.
“After almost a year of hard work, we believe we have come up with an optimum design for an ultra high density satellite, and we’ve awarded a contract to SSL to build this satellite to be called EchoStar-24/Jupiter-3, “This new satellite will provide a dramatic increase in capacity in our key markets in the Americas at a very competitive cost per bit” Pradman Kaul, president of Hughes Network Systems.
Kaul even mentioned “It will enable us to offer speeds of 100Mbps per second and higher to the subscriber. The coverage will be optimised to cover where we anticipate demand rather than uniform blanket coverage. All our traditional markets, including consumer, enterprise, aeronautical, cellular backhaul and community Wi-Fi will be served.”
When EchoStar first mentioned Jupiter-3 a year and a half ago in February 2016, the company expected to make an announcement “in the next few months.” Satellite operator ViaSat in Carlsbad, California had at the time just revealed ViaSat-3, a global system of three “high capacity” broadband satellites each advertising at least 1 terabit per second of capacity.

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