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New HughesNet Satellite to Launch July 5
Eventually Leading to Faster Residential Broadband Service
by Karl Bode 02:31PM Monday Jun 18 2012
Back in May, Hughesnet's new EchoStar XVII satellite arrived at the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, where it was originally scheduled to be launched aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle by Arianespace on June 19 (aka tomorrow). However, the launch has been delayed to July 5 (you'll be able to watch it here) because Hughes Network Systems needed some additional time "to conduct additional checks" of the satellite.

As we've been exploring, the new Ka-band satellite should dramatically improve capacity for the HughesNet satellite service -- allowing them to offer service tiers up to 20 Mbps downstream. However the primary focus will be on adding additional revenue-generating customers, meaning that those painful daily usage caps won't be getting much better.

Currently, HughesNet offers a 1 Mbps tier with a 250 MB cap for $60, a 1.5 Mbps tier with a 350 MB daily cap for $80, or a 2 Mbps tier with a 450 MB cap for $110 (though there are three month promo discounts).

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Hanko

join:2001-12-28
Eatonville, WA

Reach your FAP even faster

I had directPC, no thanks even though there are some who will benefit from this that cannot get anything else.

Given the logical progression of their prices and caps listed by Karl it appears you would be capped at 2GB/day at around $500+/month. I doubt that will be their pricing model, more likely something below $200/month and around 1GB/day or less.

They have to be profitable otherwise why put this satellite up??
iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
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Re: Reach your FAP even faster

Another way to be profitable: steal customers from ViaSat by offering better speeds/data consumption tiers. A new, fast bird can do this, so that could actually be their MO.
TexasRebel

join:2011-05-29
Edgewood, TX

Exede12/25 here..

Got Exede12 myself cuz I choose to live in the Kuntry where it's quite and very little crime..

It works great, but the data caps have to go.. Whoever came up with the data cap structure needs to be beaten to almost to death and then set on fire..

Instead of setting data caps, just build the GD network with more throughput and setup a better load balancing to keep everyone happy during peak usage times..

battleop

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Re: Exede12/25 here..

Such an easy task because we all know you can pick up rockets and satellites at your local hobby store.
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Re: Exede12/25 here..

said by battleop:

Such an easy task because we all know you can pick up rockets and satellites at your local hobby store.

well, you heard that weapons grade plutonium is coming to the end user market. I am working on building my own nuclear weapon.

Apparently those nuclear weapon builders even have a facebook page!
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iansltx

join:2007-02-19
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SpaceX...

...and yes, I know that the micro-sats that some sat-based paging system tried to throw up using SpaceX all failed. That was a few years ago.
TexasRebel

join:2011-05-29
Edgewood, TX
ViaSat-1 has 150Gbps of throughput. ViaSat-2 which is starting to be built is supposed to have 300Gbps of throughput. Launching birds isn't the problem. It's the terrestrial infrastructure that is lacking.. We've been too busy throwing away money fighting Al-CIA-DUH and protecting that terrorist state of Israel (Kikeishstan). The trillions spent at bailing out banks and fighting wars is why Amurica is so far behind in rolling out broadband to it's people...
rradina

join:2000-08-08
Chesterfield, MO

Re: Exede12/25 here..

I thought more than anything it was the lack of spectrum and orbital slots. There are only so many geo-sync slots and aren't all of them already used? There's also only a limited spectrum with ever-increasing pressure from terrestrial wireless (LightSquared anyone?) trying to squeeze themselves into satellite spectrum.

I still think the blimp "satellite" idea is genius. They don't need rocket science or orbital slots. The low altitude (something like 10 or 15 miles), completely eliminates latency issues and if there's a problem, a new one could be quickly launched and maneuvered into position while the old one is brought back to Earth.

I'm sure it seems much more simple than it really is but it can't be as complex or expensive as launching a space satellite 25,000 miles above the Earth travelling at ~7,000mph. If it fails, it's a billion dollar piece of space junk.
chances14

join:2010-03-03
Michigan

typical karl

from his blog (I refuse to call these things news articles)

"However the primary focus will be on adding additional revenue-generating customers, meaning that those painful daily usage caps won't be getting much better"

how can you say that for sure when hughes hasn't even officially announced their caps or speed tiers yet? once again turning assumptions into facts.
heimdm

join:2008-06-22
Martinsville, IN

Re: typical karl

you can not fight telco's and government regulation. Currently where I live the only high speed internet is a T1. WHy, because we are in ATT territory. 3 miles west its a telco co-op that is finishing their FTTH transition. After fighting the $350/mo for a 1.5/1.5 circuit, I decided to give up, and we are moving to another FTTH area that is served by Smithville telecom. 20/4 for $30.

Your choices with the hugsnet FAP is either deal with it or deal with the 4G pricing plans. I think at the end its all about even between those two.
25139889

join:2011-10-25
Toledo, OH
very true because it is just a Blog. DSLR is NOT a news site. If it was - it would report the whole truth and not just what Karl wants people to "believe". Hell he's the only "newsguy" that is on here. Basically owns it as Justin has all but given it to him over the last year or so.

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"Eventually Leading to Faster Residential Broadband Service"

With every launch Hughes has announced "this satellite will open up new speeds, and better service for new and existing customers"
yet the speeds FAP and latentcy is the same as when I had it around 2002-ish? (in fact, latentcy was better when I had dial-up return then when we switched to two-way Satellite)
Sorry Hughes,the Physics and economics of geosync space flight dictate your products price per /MB, and limit your customer base to desperate "outer edge" , light commerial $$$, and deep pocketed not quite near realtime secure purposes $$$$$$ (ATM's, etc.)

You will never be the ISP of choice.

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Re: "Eventually Leading to Faster Residential Broadband Ser

said by tshirt:

Sorry Hughes,the Physics and economics of geosync space flight dictate your products price per /MB, and limit your customer base to desperate "outer edge" , light commerial $$$, and deep pocketed not quite near realtime secure purposes $$$$$$ (ATM's, etc.)

You will never be the ISP of choice.

Of course they won't magically become the greatest ISP in the world, unless there was some incredible technology advance.

That said progress is being made (hopefully), and Sat internet covers a lot of area that isn't covered by an "ISP of choice".

Sure it's not great, but it's something. And I'll take any improvements I can get. FAP is a pain to deal with, but I prefer HughesNet's setup to the alternative FAP schemes.
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Time and again

HN reps have stated time and again that easing caps was going to be one of their major goals with this satellite so I'm not real sure where the information in this story was obtained from. I do however tend to take the reps word for it on this subject because they are sitting pretty to blow exede out of the water if they just raise the caps a ways and don't charge an arm and a leg for the service.

I expect the way they wil curb congestion will be to keep speed baced pricing like it is now (except with higher speeds per package) instead of an all the speed you want buffet like exede and then that will allow them to raise the caps signifigantly higher than exedes without overcrowding the sat any faster than exede will the way they are doing it.
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