EchoStar/Hughes defends ViaSat, dismisses 5G threat to satellite consumer broadband

by Peter B. de Selding

Takeaways from EchoStar’s Aug. 9 conference call:

— Order of 500 Gbps Jupiter 3 satellite confirms confidence in consumer broadband.

— Take-up of Gen5 service on Jupiter 2, and of Brazilian broadband service, both helped drive the Jupiter 3 decision.

— Co. gives detailed assessment of why 5G is not a threat.

— EchoStar Mobile’s new S-band satellite over Europe ready for service, regulatory talks continue.

— SES-11/EchoStar 105 launch slips from 2Q to 4Q on . . .

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