EchoStar/Dish CEO on reducing reliance on consumer broadband & the promise of S-band direct to smartphones

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Satellite fleet operator EchoStar, which is already diversifying its business via a merger with its sister company, satellite-television provider Dish Network, will be reducing its reliance on the satellite consumer broadband market to seek more-profitable niches, Chief Executive Hamid Akhavan said.

EchoStar’s consumer business has been hit by a lack of available capacity as its 500-gbps Jupiter 3, built by Maxar Technologies, was delayed by more than two years. The satellite was launched July 29 and is now expected to enter service . . .

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