Hughes Network Systems
The Defense Department is trying to speed up access to innovative commercial technologies through a variety of contracting mechanisms like other transaction authority as well as pilot and pathfinder programs aimed at testing new technologies and system architectures.
For consumer adoption of broadband from satellites in low or medium Earth orbits, inexpensive flat-panel antennas are “critical,” said Pradman Kaul, Hughes Network Systems president and CEO.
The sale includes nine satellites — half of EchoStar’s fleet when counting leased payloads — plus employees who handled satellite operations, associated properties, and licensing for an orbital slot.
Kaul says Hughes' entrance into Africa with Yahsat gives it a head start over Viasat, which has similarly expanded first into Latin America while also having eyes on Africa and the globe.
Satellite communications providers are forming partnerships, making acquisitions and developing new business models in anticipation of new satellite constellations and surging demand for data links.