Enlarge / An artist’s rendering of the EchoStar 24/ Jupiter 3 satellite, planned for launch in 2021.

The satellite will provide 100 Mbps residential Internet service to the Western Hemisphere. (credit: EchoStar)
In March, Hughes Network Systems launched an upgrade of its satellite-based Internet service, HughesNet, that transformed it into the first residential satellite-based Internet service to meet the Federal Communications Commission’s definition of “broadband.” Now, the company is planning for its next major leap in bandwidth—a 100 Mbps-capable network based on a new satellite to be launched in 2021.
HughesNet Gen5, which by June was serving over 100,000 Internet service customers, provides 25 megabit-per-second (Mbps) download speeds and 3 Mbps upload speeds via the EchoStar 18/Jupiter 1 and EchoStar 19/Jupiter 2 satellites. HughesNet has a 60-percent share of satellite-based residential Internet service in the US, and targets the service at rural residential customers underserved by terrestrial cable and telecommunications providers.
Hughes executives announced last week that the company had signed a contract with Space Systems Loral to build the next EchoStar/Jupiter satellite.

Designated as EchoStar XXIV/JUPITER 3, the Ultra High Density Satellite (UHDS) will provide residential Internet as well as commercial data services, including in-flight Internet and cellular network “backhaul” for remote cellular towers.

EchoStar 24, when added to the existing fleet of satellites, will more than double Hughes’ available Ka-band satellite service across both North and South America.

The satellite will have 500 gigabits per second of throughput.
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