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Hughes launches S-band satellite/cellular hybrid terminal

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Hughes Network Systems (Hughes) confirms the availability of the Hughes 4510 satellite/cellular hybrid terminal for its European customers.

The dual transport terminal intelligently routes IP traffic via terrestrial or mobile satellite system networks, ensuring reliable and ubiquitous connectivity for critical applications. As the terminal moves in and out of terrestrial mobile coverage areas, the S-band satellite service automatically takes over, ensuring constant connectivity.

“Hughes has embraced multi-transport innovation as essential to enabling the most reliable and cost-effective connection anywhere in the world,” said Graham Avis, vice president of MobileSat at Hughes Network Systems.

“The unique features of the 4510 terminal allow for ubiquitous service for critical applications for vehicles or boats that pass in and out of cellular coverage areas, and for remote fixed sites that rely primarily on solar or battery power.”

EchoStar Mobile, Hughes’ sister company, uses the 4510 to enable its new EM SYNERGY service, which delivers hybrid connectivity to customers across Europe in both dense urban areas to rural locations using S-band satellite service in combination with pan-European mobile roaming. 

The terminal contains an embedded SIM for global 4G operation and as its IP67-rated and thus environmentally sealed, the terminal features an omnidirectional satellite antenna and requires low power.

Operators can manage the 4510 terminal and update firmware remotely, and auto-context activation automatically restores power and connection following any disruption – without human intervention.

Earlier this month, Hughes Network Systems, one of OneWeb’s shareholders, secured a contract with the US Air Force to use the satellite network in the Arctic.

Under the agreement, Hughes will test and implement these end-to-end services on the OneWeb system between selected US Northern Command locations, which OneWeb describes as “a first step in harnessing the power of LEO satellites for high-speed, low-latency broadband access in the Arctic”.

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