Hughesnet Jupiter 3

The Hughes Network Systems now offers faster speed Hughesnet services, thanks to its new Jupiter 3 satellite. Speeds as fast as 100 Mbps downstream and 5 Mbps upstream are supported said Mark Wymer, senior vice president for Hughes Network Systems in an email to Telecompetitor.

That makes it a good choice for rural users, the company said.

“The new plans are made available to all Hughes customers, both new and existing,” said Wymer. Current Hughesnet customers will need to call to upgrade, he said.

According to the company, the new satellite also will support unlimited data, Whole Home Wi-Fi and low-latency Fusion plans. Introduced last year, Fusion blends satellite and wireless technologies to support lower latency, thereby providing a more responsive internet experience, the company said.

Hughes said Jupiter 3 is the world’s largest commercial communications satellite. It features more than 300 spot beams that aim to relieve congestion. The Fusion plans are supported by a dedicated fiber backbone and artificial intelligence that reroutes traffic around congestion.

“Customers expect to be able to stream, videoconference and play games online,” Hughes senior vice president Peter Gulla said in a press release. “The new HughesNet is designed to enable these applications with fast speeds, unlimited data and new low-latency Fusion plans.

Hughesnet and fellow geostationary satellite broadband provider Viasat have some new competition from low-earth orbit (LEO) satellite services from Starlink.

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