The Divide: Hughes' Paul Gaske on upping speeds with a 'massive new satellite'


On this episode, we hear from Paul Gaske, EVP and general manager for HughesNet in North America, which operates the largest satellite broadband network in the US.

Hughes primarily connects rural areas of the country that are either unserved or still stuck with technologies like DSL or even dial-up. While Gaske says current Hughes speeds meet the FCC standard of 25/3 Mbit/s, he adds that the company is in the midst of a $600 million capital build of a "massive new satellite" that will allow Hughes to offer plans at 100 Mbit/s and 50 Mbit/s starting next year.

With that in mind, Gaske also rebuffs the critique that satellite Internet is not "future proofed."

"I think that the notion of future proofing just because you haul fiber around is quaint," he says. "The technology at both ends of that fiber has to change constantly for you to be future proofed. And that's the next proposition."

We discuss the role of satellite broadband in closing the digital divide and Hughes' plans to meet demand for higher bandwidth and lower latency, as well as the company's recent announcement that it will participate in the FCC's Emergency Broadband Benefit program, making it the only national satellite provider to do so thus far.

Related posts:

— Nicole Ferraro, contributing editor and host of "The Divide" and "What's the Story?" Light Reading

NO RATINGS
7/22/2021 |
Latest Articles
Charter has sparked RDOF work in all 24 states where it won bids. The cable op booked about $19 million in RDOF revenues in Q1, and expects to have about $9 million per month come in over the next ten years.
As we have for the past two years, Light Reading will stage the Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies conference as a free digital event over two half-days in mid-March.
Launch of 2-Gig and 5-Gig FTTP tiers in 70-plus markets puts more pressure on cable ops to enhance their existing DOCSIS 3.1 network or accelerate their upgrade activity centered on the new DOCSIS 4.0 specs.
Ziply Fiber, an operator that tangles with Comcast and Charter, has launched two multi-gigabit tiers in 60 urban areas, aiming for all markets by Q2 2022.
Elon Musk's nascent broadband will need to radically accelerate the rate of satellite launches – and navigate tricky supply chain logistics – if it's going to come close to fulfilling its global ambition.
Information Resources
All resources
Webinars
ARCHIVED
Wednesday, April 20, 2022
12:00 p.m. New York

Did you know that fiber network expansion is the top priority of service providers over the next five years according to Heavy Reading’s recently published State of the Service Provider Report*? With this rapid expansion comes increased competition. Like many service providers, you may be feeling the pressure to differentiate your brand. Service innovation is your opportunity to stand out.

You may be wondering what types of innovative solutions you can offer, especially as services like home network security and parental control become table stakes in competitive markets. The opportunity is strong with solutions like smart home security and beyond. Join us for this webinar to learn:

  • Why the current state of the broadband market is making differentiation among service providers more crucial than ever before
  • Why service innovation is the key to unlocking the full potential of your brand
  • What types of innovative offerings service providers should consider offering to stay competitive
The time to differentiate yourself is now – join us on April 20 to learn how it’s possible.

Broadband World News
About Us     Advertise With Us     Contact Us     Help     Register     Twitter     Facebook     RSS
Copyright © 2022 Light Reading, part of Informa Tech,
a division of Informa PLC. Privacy Policy | Cookie Policy | Terms of Use
in partnership with