Hughes Network Systems, the global leader in broadband satellite networks and services, announced that Eutelsat Communications has selected the Hughes JUPITER System to enable services on its KONNECT new-generation High-Throughput Satellite (HTS) for western Europe and Africa.
The agreement calls for Hughes to supply a significant part of the ground network system for KONNECT, expected to launch in 2019.
“We at Eutelsat are committed to delivering easy, affordable and fast Internet through our KONNECT satellite broadband initiative,” said Yohann Leroy, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technical Officer of Eutelsat.
“To do that, we needed a ground network solution that can enable the efficiency and performance that our KONNECT satellite is designed to deliver, and that is why we chose the proven Hughes JUPITER System.”
“We welcome the opportunity to further our longstanding relationship with Eutelsat as we work together to connect the unserved and underserved,” said Ramesh Ramaswamy, senior vice president and general manager, International Division at Hughes.
“Their selection of the Hughes JUPITER System reinforces its position as the worldwide platform of choice for high performing and efficient satellite broadband solutions, and we look forward to helping Eutelsat realize the full potential of the KONNECT satellite.”
The JUPITER System is the next generation platform for very small aperture terminal (VSAT) networks, designed and optimized for broadband services over both high-throughput and conventional satellites.
Incorporating the wideband DVB-S2X industry standard and designed with a powerful System on a Chip, JUPITER enables very high overall efficiency and fast packet processing rates. It powers HughesNet, with 1.3 million subscribers across the Americas, the largest satellite Internet service in the world.
Eutelsat’s Ka-band KONNECT satellite is designed to deliver direct-to-user consumer and enterprise broadband services and will also be used for community networks connected to Wi-Fi hotspots, mobile system backhauling and rural connectivity.