More than 10 million Americans lack access to high-speed Internet. Well, HughesNet is going a step further this year and giving Americans access to Jupiter.
Jupiter is a next-generation spacecraft that is being launched later this year by HughesNet, one of the nation’s biggest and most influential satellite Internet providers.
SPACEWAY is the current HughesNet dedicated satellite, but the new $400 million Jupiter satellite will be able to transfer data even faster than SPACEWAY can. HughesNet has said that with this new satellite, download speeds have the potential to reach 20 megabits per second – about 10 times as fast as the current rate. These speeds will allow users to download pictures, videos and emails at a rate that far surpasses the current speeds
HughesNet and satellite Internet cater to the needs of residents that live outside of urban areas, where cable and DSL don’t reach and where dial-up is a last resort. Most cable companies don’t see a profit in extending to regions that aren’t highly populated, since cable companies thrive on packing many residents onto the same signal. HughesNet satellite Internet accommodates those that get overlooked by cable and DSL companies and gives a bright alternative to dismal dial-up speeds.
To get satellite Internet, there are only two conditions. One, you need to live in the lower 48 states and two, your home needs to have an unobstructed view of the southern sky. If you meet those requirements, then you are eligible for satellite Internet.
The way it works is really a simple process. You have a satellite at your home, which sends signals to a satellite in space (for HughesNet it will soon be the Jupiter satellite). The satellite in space then relays the signal to the provider’s office back on Earth. This whole process takes somewhere around 250 milliseconds. All in all, about one second of wait time.
That wait time can cause a choppy connection if you are playing video games or video conferencing, but if you are looking to send and receive emails, shop online, download music etc., satellite Internet can get the job done.
HughesNet is making a big leap with the imminent launch of Jupiter, and is just another step toward making the Internet accessible to users in remote areas. In the next couple of months, look for HughesNet and Jupiter to make a big splash.