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Hughes Selects Space Systems/Loral to Build World’s Highest Capacity Broadband Satellite
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JUPITER™ 2/EchoStar XIX capacity will exceed 150 Gbps, powering continued growth of HughesNet® service in North America

Germantown, Md., March 21, 2013―Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes), the global leader in broadband satellite solutions and services and a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation, today announced at the Satellite 2013 Conference that it has selected Space Systems/Loral (SSL) to build what will be the world’s highest capacity broadband satellite―JUPITER 2/EchoStar XIX. With over 150 Gbps throughput, the new Ka-band satellite will have 50 percent greater capacity than EchoStar XVII, which was also built by SSL for Hughes and launched on July 5, 2012.

Planned for launch in mid-2016, JUPITER 2/EchoStar XIX will continue to power growth of HughesNet in North America—the world’s largest high-speed satellite Internet service―with 659,000 subscribers as of YE2012. Building on the success of EchoStar XVII, the new satellite is being designed with a next-generation architecture having more than 120 spot beams, facilitating optimization of high quality Internet coverage across the U.S. and parts of Canada. Its expected service lifetime is at least 15 years.


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Thought some might be interested.
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unless they make it low enough orbit that they can get latency low enough for gaming, then no, not interested at all. especially with the jacked up prices hughesnet charges.
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I've had nothing but bad experiences with satellite internet, too many problems.

1. Bandwidth caps - Extremely low bandwidth cap and easy to cap out, hard to do anything everyday
2. Extremely horrible latency
3. Frequent downtimes (Due to weather or something's up with signals/outside)
4. Way too expensive for what they offer

I had WildBlue which is a competitor to Hughes Net, but from what I heard they have the same problems.
However it was my only choice, until Charter came out all the way out here luckily. I still get a lot of downtimes with Charter though :/
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Hughesnet......

My grandfather had to use Hughesnet because he lived in a rural area, and it was just a complete disaster. The price was way too high for what he got (1.5Mbps) and his data cap was something like 450MB per day, lol. Once you hit your "Data limit" you could purchase a token for a price ($10 I believe) and it would reset your daily limit back to 0.

Needless to say, he quickly switched to cable when it finally reached his area, and its been great ever since.
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unless they make it low enough orbit that they can get latency low enough for gaming, then no, not interested at all. especially with the jacked up prices hughesnet charges.
The sats have to be in geo sync orbit so latency with this type of system will always be a problem. i cant say i like satellite net but for a lot of people its the only high-ish bandwidth option compared to 56k and it is good to at least see them upgrading instead of milking there old gear dry.
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I just dumped Hughesnet. Worst service in history.
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Satellite is only usable if you have no other alternative (not counting dialup...)

They have a lot of customers though, nearly 700k in US alone, shows you how much of the population is left out from the better services and are likely rural.
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Satellite is only usable if you have no other alternative (not counting dialup...)

They have a lot of customers though, nearly 700k in US alone, shows you how much of the population is left out from the better services and are likely rural.

Pretty much sums it up. My grandparents live 5000 feet up a hill in the middle of nowhere. Used dialup until about 3 years ago when they got satellite, along with satellite TV, now their only issue is that since they're in Washington and at such a high elevation during winter they only have either of them half the time due to all the snow and even just clouds blocking it out.
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My parents have used HughesNet in Montana for the past 10 years. Worst service, worst customer service, worst everything I have ever experienced. They get 150MB per day download, otherwise they get "FAPed" (Fair Access Policy). Absoulutely aweful...but there is no other alternative, unfortunately.
    
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I wouldnt be comfortable with getting internet data coms via a satellite spotbeam transponder anyway.

They essentially take your data, load it into a shotgun (the satellite), then shoot it at NORTH AMERICA. Or regions thereof, I noted that this new satellite has many many spotbeams, which will also increase average throughput for customers by lowering the number users on any one given transponder and increase signal integrity.

In regards to the downlink, its like being on a WiFi hotspot, only the signal reaches hundreds of miles (and THOUSANDS of potential bad guys).
    
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