Without its own satellite over Asia, Hughes aims at backhaul, maritime, 4G/LTE markets; says 5G’s ‘wonderful news’

by Peter B. de Selding

SINGAPORE — Satellite broadband hardware and service provider Hughes Network Systems is targeting maritime, cellular-backhaul and rural-WiFi markets in Asia as immediate growth sectors as it waits for opportunities in high-throughput Ka-band broadband.

The company’s recent contract win in Indonesia and its maritime-connectivity license in India are examples of Hughes positioning itself for business beyond its established consumer and enterprise broadband markets.

In India in particular, Hughes is making do with extended C-band and Ku-band connectivity available on Indian satellites . . .

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