New HughesNet Satellite to Launch July 5
Eventually Leading to Faster Residential Broadband Service
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).
Re: Exede12/25 here.. Such an easy task because we all know you can pick up rockets and satellites at your local hobby store.
I do not, have not, and will not work for AT&T/Comcast/Verizon/Charter or similar sized company.
Re: "Eventually Leading to Faster Residential Broadband Ser
said by tshirt:Of course they won't magically become the greatest ISP in the world, unless there was some incredible technology advance.
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.
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.