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Ka Band

While our current Direcway systems use Ku Band, future satellite Internet plans are centered on Ka Band, which will have uplink frequencies of 27.5GHz to 30.0GHz and downlink frequencies of 17.7GHz to 20.2GHz.

Partly because of frequency, but more because of spot-beaming the signal instead of covering all of the US with a single beam, Ka Band services will be able to achieve higher up and down speeds with smaller dishes. A .66-meter dish will be able to achieve 384kbps up, and 2.5 mbps down, at least in theory.

There are two primary competitors in the US for Ka Band services. The first is Spaceway, another Hughes venture, and the second is WildBlue.

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