Launch of EchoStar satellite will allow Canadian service provider to broaden coverage to rural areas of the country in the fall
The second phase in Xplornet Communication’s plan to bring improved fixed wireless broadband coverage to rural Canada began Thursday with the launch of a satellite from French Guiana.
Xplornet owns the Canadian capacity of the U.S.-built EchoStar XVIII satellite, which is expected to start service in the fall.
EchoStar XVIII, which will operate in the Ka-band, was built for U.S. broadband provider Hughes Network Systems LLC by Space Systems/Loral to cover North America.
Hughes said in a news release that an Ariane 5 rocket safely pushed the satellite into a geosynchronous orbit just after 6 p.m. Eastern time.. Twenty minutes later signals were received that indicated all systems were okay.
The satellite still has to be put into a circular orbit about 22,300 miles above the equator. Then extensive tests will be performed to make sure the bird is ready to deliver service.
Xplornet specializes in delivering wireless broadband to underserved areas of the country.Related Download
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