Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) has begun system level testing of its new EchoStar XIX satellite, following successful placement into its permanent geosynchronous orbital slot at 97.1Â° West longitude.
Designed with Hughes JUPITER System high-throughput technology, EchoStar XIX is a multi-spot beam, Ka-band satellite that will power HughesNet Gen5, the next generation of America´s #1 high-speed satellite Internet service. From its 97.1Â° orbital slot, EchoStar XIX´s 138 beams will provide coverage for high-speed Internet service to homes and small businesses in the continental United States, Alaska, Mexico and parts of Canada and Central America.
EchoStar XIX joins EchoStar XVII, which has been in service since 2012, and will more than double HughesNet´s current capacity and support faster speeds and provide more data for today´s online activities. HughesNet currently has more than 1 million subscribers and was ranked first in delivering advertised speeds for the second year in a row by the Federal Communication Commission, as detailed in its “Measuring Broadband in America” 2016 report.
Now in geosynchronous orbit at 22,236 miles (35,786 kilometers) above the earth, the latest-generation Ka-band satellite was manufactured by Space Systems Loral and launched on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida on December 18, 2016. Hughes expects to begin delivering service to customers over EchoStar XIX by the end of the first quarter of 2017.
Hughes Network Systems, LLC provides satellite broadband for home and office, delivering innovative technology solutions and a comprehensive suite of HughesON managed services for enterprises and governments worldwide.
Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland, USA, Hughes operates sales and support offices worldwide, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), a premier global provider of satellite operations and digital TV solutions.
EchoStar Corporation provides satellite and video delivery solutions. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, and conducting business around the globe, EchoStar is a pioneer in secure communications technologies through its EchoStar Satellite Services, EchoStar Technologies and Hughes Network Systems business segments.