Life of old KU HN7000 systems
Hughesnet is still slowly giving up leased transponders on the KU band satellites, as the lease expires.
In the U.S., Hughesnet has been very aggressive to 'upgrade' people's equipment to the KA's.
The per-user cost involved with the KU's is much more expensive than Hughesnet's self-owned KA satellites(Spaceway3, Gen4/Jupiter1).
As the article says below, is if people want to keep the KU satellites units and actually gets parts for failures, they need to upgrade to the business accounts that cost more per month, resulting in less lease cash loss for Hughesnet.
In some cases, the KU satellite that people are pointed to, Hughesnet no longer has any transponder leases left on it. In this case, the user needs a repoint to another satellite.
Now whats this mean for people in Canada?
I have heard of a couple of people(via 3rd parties who did not know the details) that some KU band users where being forced to upgrade to the newish KA satellites of either Hughesnet of Viasat.
I don't know if they needed new components for repairs of their KU's or if they got the dreaded letter of 'upgrade or lose service'.
The issue in Canada is that there are areas where the only satellites available may be the KU's(site lines or spot beams at capacity on the KA Anik F2). So if you can't get service via the KA satellites, hopefully people will still be allowed to keep or sign up to the KU's as residential.
The other issue with the KA's is portability. It is far easier to move and user repoint a KU dish than the finely tuned KA dish. The KA's also had to stay in their home spot beam, otherwise they needed to be reauthorized to be allowed into another spot beam. There are commercial solutions that are real fancy and auto-point the dish, but you are not going to get that for $60 a month.
With 2-4 new satellites being launched starting around 2016, KU's will still live a bit longer in a residential market. Part of that depends on where all those new KA spot beams will be aimed, as they should be covering the areas the newish high-throughput satellites have ignored.
Some more chat on satellite internet and pointing.
Hi Diddly Ho, Good Neighborino
Last edited by buttitchi : 10-12-2013 at 06:08 PM.