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Hughes Activates First Customer for SPACEWAY 3 Broadband Service

Hughes Network Systems announced this week it successfully activated the first HughesNet customer subscriber for broadband Internet service using the SPACEWAY 3 Ka-band satellite. SPACEWAY 3 has a gross capacity of 10 gigabits per second, which Hughes claims makes it the “highest traffic-carrying satellite to be brought into service in North America.”

Pradman Kaul, president and CEO of Hughes, commented, “With this significant milestone, our SPACEWAY 3 satellite has officially commenced carrying revenue-bearing traffic, making Hughes a fully integrated service provider. We are excited to begin delivering HughesNet broadband services over the world’s first commercial satellite with on-board switching to our rapidly growing base of consumer, SMB, enterprise and government customers throughout North America.”

In addition to on-board traffic switching and routing, SPACEWAY 3 employs advanced technologies such as dynamic beam forming and direct small-dish-to-small-dish connectivity.

Depending on pricing, SPACEWAY 3 could provide an inexpensive way to feed high quality IP-based video and audio from remote locations at higher data rates than lower frequency portable satellite communications systems, such as BGAN, without the need for large earth station antennas.

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. He has been with NBC since 1985 and is currently vice president of broadcast technology for NBC/Telemundo stations.