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Hughes Rolls Out New Internet Plans With Jupiter 3 Capacity 

By Rachel Jewett | December 19, 2023

Rendition of EchoStar24/Jupiter 3 satellite. Photo: SSL.

Hughes Network Systems has introduced new high-speed satellite internet plans using capacity from its recently launched Jupiter-3 satellite. 

The company now offers new plans with speeds up to 100 Mbps, and all plans include unlimited data. Hughes also has the Hughes Fusion plan which combines satellite and wireless technologies for a lower latency experience. 

This is a milestone for Hughes as the company was maxed out on capacity for its fleet before Jupiter 3 launched in July. The ultra-high-density satellite features more than 300 spot beams and brings 500 Gbps of capacity over the United States, Canada, Mexico, and parts of South America.

The company has lost subscribers in recent years as it was capacity-constrained while Starlink began commercial service. According to parent company EchoStar’s most recent financial results, Hughes ended the third quarter with approximately 1,063,000 broadband subscribers — down 17% year-over-year.  

Hughes said these new plans and speeds are a “fundamental reinvention” of what satellite internet can be. 

“Customers expect to be able to stream, videoconference and play games online,” said Peter Gulla, senior vice president, Hughes. “The new Hughesnet is designed to enable these applications with fast speeds, unlimited data and new low-latency Fusion plans. Since inventing satellite internet in the 1990s, Hughes has been dedicated to constantly innovating our service to meet the needs of customers beyond the reach of cable and fiber connectivity.”