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December 4th, 2019

Hughes Selected by SES for a Proper SES-17 Grounding

Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) will employ the Hughes JUPITER™ System to enable services on the SES-17 satellite, which is being built by Thales Alenia Space for SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) and is expected to launch in 2021.,

The agreement calls for Hughes to supply its next-generation ground network system, including data centers and hub equipment, which will operate over SES-17, a satellite with a highly flexible payload optimized for aviation connectivity and other high-powered data services across the Americas, the Caribbean and the Atlantic Ocean.

The JUPITER System is the satellite platform for VSAT networks, designed and optimized for broadband services over both high-throughput and conventional satellites. For fixed applications, each JUPITER terminal supports 300 Mbps of throughput — ideal for applications such as cellular backhaul and Community Wi-Fi hotspots.

In aero applications, the JUPITER terminal is capable of delivering speeds greater than 600 Mbps and incorporates the latest air interface standard for satellite transmissions. Supporting a superior passenger experience, the JUPITER System enables airlines to deliver uninterrupted, gate-to-gate, high-performance connectivity.

Artistic rendition of the SES-17 satellite. Image is courtesy of Thales Alenia Space.

Elodie Viau, SES-17 System Program Lead, SES, said that for network operators and enterprise, aero, and maritime customers, the fully digital SES-17 spacecraft will introduce the ability to modify networks in real time in response to changing bandwidth demands. SES-17 will  feature the company's Adaptive Resource Control (ARC) system, a dynamic software solution that will efficiently synchronize the firm's space and ground resources to offer maximum agility and adaptivity to real-time changes. To turn that flexibility into reality, SES needed a ground network solution that matches in terms of efficiency and performance and the company will be working together with Hughes to leverage the JUPITER platform with the ARC system.

Royce Hernandez, Senior Director, Hughes, added that the company appreciates the opportunity to strengthen the firm's relationship with SES by supplying the ground network to enable flexible, efficient, high-performance services on SES-17. SES’s selection of the advanced JUPITER System further validates it as the worldwide platform of choice for efficient, high performance satellite broadband solutions that will fulfill customer needs today and into the future.

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