Hughes ships first gateways for the ground network to support OneWeb’s Low Earth Orbit constellation
(12 March 2018 - Hughes Network Systems) Hughes Network Systems today announced the shipment of the first gateways that will support the OneWeb Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellation.
The Gateways feature multiple tracking antennas to support operation and handoff of high-speed user traffic to and from the LEO satellites, as well as a custom switching complex, outdoor modems and power amplifiers. Each gateway will handle up to an unprecedented and seamless 10,000 terminal hand-offs per second, a technological and engineering breakthrough.
This shipment is the first of many key operational milestones to come of the Hughes-OneWeb partnership. The co-development is demonstrative of the joint commitment to bridging the global digital divide and bringing affordable broadband service to everyone, no matter where they live. With more than half of the world still lacking access to affordable, reliable Internet, OneWeb’s service will provide high-speed, low latency service to even the most remote and rural locations.
“I founded OneWeb with a big mission – to enable affordable access for all.” Said Greg Wyler, Founder and Executive Chairman of OneWeb. “Accomplishing this mission is only possible with the shared commitment, dedication and passion from our partners. Hughes brings tremendous expertise and experience in hardware design, manufacturing and delivery of complex global networks and has been supportive of our mission since the very beginning.”
“Bridging the digital divide requires innovative, complex systems and strategic partnerships where both parties are in sync, working towards the same goal,” said John Corrigan, senior vice president at Hughes. “Pairing Hughes and OneWeb’s expertise is exactly the kind of partnership that will enable us to accomplish that feat.”
OneWeb's mission is to enable affordable Internet access for everyone, connect every school on Earth, and bridge the digital divide by 2027. OneWeb is building a communications network with a constellation of Low Earth Orbit satellites that will provide connectivity to billions of people around the world. With more than 7 terabits per second of new capacity in its first constellation, it will transparently extend the networks of mobile operators and ISPs to serve new coverage areas, bringing voice and data access to consumers, businesses, schools, healthcare institutions and other end users.
About Hughes Network Systems
Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes) is the global leader in broadband satellite technology and services for home and office. Its flagship high-speed satellite Internet service is HughesNet, the world’s largest satellite network with over 1.2 million residential and business customers across North America and Brazil. For large enterprises and governments, the company’s HughesON managed network services provide complete connectivity solutions employing an optimized mix of satellite and terrestrial technologies. The JUPITER System is the world’s most widely deployed High-Throughput Satellite (HTS) platform, operating on more than 20 satellites by leading service providers, delivering a wide range of broadband enterprise, mobility and cellular backhaul applications. To date, Hughes has shipped more than 7 million terminals to customers in over 100 countries, representing approximately 50 percent market share, and its technology is powering broadband services to aircraft around the world.
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.
EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS) is a premier global provider of satellite communication solutions. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., and conducting business around the globe, EchoStar is a pioneer in secure communications technologies through its Hughes Network Systems and EchoStar Satellite Services business segments.