OneWeb acquires 10,000 Hughes LEO terminals for low-latency broadband connectivity worldwide

Germantown, MD, US, 13 December, 2022 – Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), an innovator in satellite and multi-transport networks for more than 50 years, today announced that OneWeb, the low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite communications company, has ordered 10,000 Hughes LEO Terminals to enable networking services for enterprise and government customers. Engineered and manufactured by Hughes, the terminals (model number HL1100) include the Hughes electronically-steered antenna and compact indoor and outdoor equipment necessary to activate high-speed, low-latency broadband service on the OneWeb constellation. 

Massimiliano Ladovaz, CTO at OneWeb, said: “We are excited about the capabilities in the Hughes flat panel and the unique benefits we can extend to our customers. These terminals will enable our partners to optimise the low-latency, high-speed benefits of our network with a turnkey, easy-to-install and operate terminal. Hughes continues to be an important and excellent partner to OneWeb and we are delighted with this next collaboration and what it means for delivering more connectivity choices to our customers.”  

John Corrigan, senior vice president, Hughes, said: “The ground-breaking Hughes LEO terminal combines decades of engineering capability and intellectual property with our intimate understanding of the OneWeb system as their ground network technology partner. We are pleased that OneWeb has chosen to offer their customers this innovative, high-performance solution for low-latency satellite service that can be employed for government and business applications as easily as plugging in two cables.” 

Constructed with a solid and durable aluminium chassis, the Hughes LEO terminal works right “out of the box,” with a compact indoor (IDU) and outdoor unit (ODU) self-pointing to the OneWeb constellation. The terminal is compact, easy to install, and will make optimal use of the OneWeb system capabilities for low latency and speeds up to 195 Mbps down and 32 Mbps up. With prototypes available and testing already underway, Hughes will start production of the LEO terminals for OneWeb in the second half of 2023.

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