EchoStar’s Hughes: SpaceX Starlink now taking customers from us and is our biggest competitive threat

by Peter B. de Selding

LA PLATA, Maryland — EchoStar Corp.’s broadband satellite service provider, Hughes Network Systems, acknowledged for the first time that SpaceX’s Starlink satellite constellation is taking Hughes customers by offering lower-latency connectivity.

Hughes is responding with a combined satellite-LTE offer to customers for whom low latency is an issue. Longer term, Hughes is counting on the large Jupiter 3 Ka-band broadband satellite, to be in service by June 2023, to counter Starlink.

“The biggest threat right now is Starlink, because . . .

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