DISH, a leading national provider of satellite TV, has finally launched their High Throughput Satellite, dishNET, for satellite broadband. Available Oct. 1, dishNET starts at $40 a month, for 5 Mbps down & 1Mbps up with a 10GB data cap. Dish says it offers customers the convenience of one bill, one installation, one customer service number.
Combining dishNET with DISH TV saves $10 per month. Most satellite customers can upgrade to a 10 Mbps /1 Mbps plan available with 20 GB of data for $49.99 per month. Existing Dish subscribers and those taking the TV service for the first time can sign up for free and get $10 a month knocked off the price. Standalone broadband subscribers pay $99 upfront and the full monthly fee.
The new satellite broadband service will be available nationwide.
Dish also offers wireline service through local exchange carriers in 14 states—Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. They will fold its wireline service into the dishNET brand. Wired dishNet packages start at $29.95 for 7 Mbps download, with upgrades to 12 Mbps for an additional $5 or 20 Mbps for $10 more.
Dish is targeting the 14.5 million underserved rural residents.
The huge new satellite, Echostar XVII, also known as Jupiter-1, was launched by Arianespace, on 5 July 2012. It will augment the SPACEWAY 3 satellite system, which Hughes put into commercial service in April 2008. HughesNet Gen4 uses the new EchoStar XVII satellite with Jupiter high-throughput technology.
DishNET competes with ViaSat Exede, which ViaSat launched last year using a similar satellite ViaSat-1. ViaSat-1 supplements earlier satellite broadband by their previous satellite, WildBlue-1. ViaSat resellers included DISH Network, AT&T and the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC).
ViaSat’s Bruce Rowe clarifies that while dishNET does compete against their Exede Internet service in some sense, DISH will use both HughesNet Gen4 and Exede services to supply dishNET. DISH remains their largest installation and distribution partner and ViaSat’s Exede expects to gain sales through dishNET.
The WildBlue company was bought two years ago by ViaSat. Charlie Ergin’s Echostar bought the Hughes High throughput satellite (EchoStar XVII) to enable dishNET.
Both satellite broadband companies provide a significant leap in speed and capacity over their previous generation 20/30 GHz satellites. Additional and smaller spot beams allow channels to be reused enabling one satellite to have almost ten times the capacity of previous generations.
Satellite broadband still has its limitations including the requirement for a clear view of the south sky, relatively expensive and bulky satellite terminals and latency.
Both ViaSat-1 and EchoStar XVII should make satellite broadband access more competitive with 4G wireless and provide broadband access where DSL or Cable Modems aren’t available.
Previous satellites had extremely restrictive download caps since their transponder capacity was limited. While the new high throughput satellites still have download caps, the prices and speeds can now be more competitive with 700 MHz 4G services, such as those offered by AT&T and Verizon.
High throughput is enabled by using higher frequencies (20/30 GHz) that allow multiple spotbeams to use the same frequencies without interference.
At the time of its launch, ViaSat-1 was the world’s highest capacity communications satellite with a total capacity in excess of 140 Gbit/s, more than all the satellites covering North America combined. ViaSat’s WildBlue, their previous broadband satellite, will supplement ViaSat-1′s coverage.
ViaSat’s broadband service called Exede, has one-time set-up fee of $149.99 and $9.99/month equipment lease fee, plus the monthly service fees and taxes, which range from $50-$129/month.
The Hughes SPACEWAY 3 was previously the world’s largest traffic-carrying Ka band commercial satellite system, according to Hughes, with 10 Gbps throughput. ECHOSTAR XVII will provide over 100 Gbps.
Lemko’s Distributed Mobility Wireless Network may enable 4G/LTE systems to use a satellite backbone for both military and public safety markets. LTE over satellite is not a general consumer product, but it enables interoperability across networks and devices. Lemko’s distributed mobile wireless network has connected hundreds of 2G and 3G GSM, CDMA, UMTS, and EVDO commercial and tactical networks via satellite.
The move to “High Throughput Satellites” will be key to success in broadband access around the world, says Northern Sky.
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