Will Offer Next-Generation Mobile Satellite Services to European Union Countries
DUBLIN, March 25, 2015—EchoStar Corp. (NASDAQ: SATS) announced today that the legal and operating name for its wholly owned subsidiary, Solaris Mobile Limited, the Ireland-based company, has been changed to EchoStar Mobile Limited. EchoStar Mobile is a European Union S-band licensee for mobile satellite services with a complementary ground component. The new name aligns the company with the entire group of EchoStar companies that provide end-to-end satellite services and solutions worldwide.
“We are excited to take this symbolic step, which reflects the company’s ability to leverage the extensive experience of EchoStar in satellite services and mobile satellite technology as we ready for the launch of our S-band mobile satellite services utilizing the EchoStar XXI satellite,” commented Steven Schaver, president of EchoStar Mobile.
“Our plan to deliver the European Union’s first next-generation, all IP-enabled mobile communications network with an integrated mobile satellite and terrestrial system is on track to meet all regulatory requirements, including launching EchoStar XXI in early 2016 and beginning commercial operations in the first half of 2016.” The launch of the EchoStar XXI satellite is scheduled in the first quarter of 2016, and the deployment of ground infrastructure utilizing the ETSI GMR-1 3G air interface standard is on schedule for commercial launch in the second quarter of 2016.
EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS) is the premier global provider of satellite operations and video delivery solutions. EchoStar’s wholly owned subsidiary, Hughes, is the world’s leading provider of satellite broadband services, delivering network technologies and managed services in more than 100 countries. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., with business units worldwide, EchoStar is a multiple Emmy award-winning company that has pioneered advancements in the TV and satellite industries for nearly 30 years, consistently delivering value for customers, partners and investors. Over the last three decades, EchoStar’s innovations in video technology have impacted the way consumers view, receive and manage TV programming, garnering numerous awards in recognition of EchoStar’s advancements to the media landscape.
EchoStar’s consumer solutions include HughesNet®, North America’s #1 high-speed satellite Internet service; Sling Media’s Slingbox® products; EchoStar’s line of advanced digital video set-top-box products for the satellite and terrestrial viewer markets, including the Hopper® and Joey®; and further contributions to the worldwide TV experience through partnerships in Canada, Mexico and Europe.
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