EchoStar Satellite Services
EchoStar Satellite Services L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation and is providing satellite communications solutions including video distribution, data communications and backhaul services for media and broadcast, enterprise, government and military customers. In addition, the company provides spacecraft operations and command and control services for EchoStar’s fleet of 24 owned, leased and managed in-orbit satellites.
EchoStar Communications Corporation is perhaps best known for its direct broadcast satellite (DBS) system, DISH Network, which was launched in 1996 and quickly became the fastest growing satellite TV service in the USA. The company also operates three interrelated business units:
- Satellite Services; oversees satellite uplink, transponder space-usage, and other services for television customers and other satellite users.
- EchoStar Technologies Corporation designs, manufactures, and distributes DBS reception equipment (set-top boxes and antennas).
- EchoStar International Corporation, headquartered in the Netherlands, provides a range of satellite-related services throughout EMEA region, Australia, and Asia.
EchoStar was originally formed in 1980 by its chairman Charles Ergen as a distributor of C-band TV systems. In 1987, Echostar applied for a direct broadcast satellite (DBS) license with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and was granted access to orbital slot 119° W in 1992.
On December 28th 1995, EchoStar successfully launched its first satellite, EchoStar I. On March 4th 1996, Echostar established the Dish Network brand name to market its home satellite TV system.
In 1998, EchoStar purchased the broadcasting assets of a satellite broadcasting joint venture of News Corporation's ASkyB and MCI Worldcom. With this purchase Echostar obtained 28 of the 32 transponder licenses in the 110° W orbital slot, more than doubling existing CONUS broadcasting capacity at a value of US$682.5 million.
In that same year, EchoStar, in association with Bell Canada, launched Bell TV.
On September 25th 2007, EchoStar acquired Sling Media, Inc.
In January 2008, the Dish Network business was demerged from the technology and infrastructure side of the business. A split in the shares created two companies, DISH Network Corporation, which consists mainly of the DISH Network business, and EchoStar Corporation, which retains ownership of the technology side including the satellites, Sling Media, and the set-top box development arm.
On February 14th, 2011, EchoStar acquired Hughes Communications for US$1.3 billion.
EchoStar has maintained a European business presence for over 20 years. With offices in the UK (HQ), The Netherlands, Ukraine and Spain EchoStar is one of the region’s leading digital TV operators with state-of-the-art hardware and software solutions.
In 1988 EchoStar commenced operations in The Netherlands where it began to build a strong development and distribution team to supply digital set-top box solutions into the European, Middle East and African markets. In 1994, EchoStar further developed its European operation with the addition of a commercial and after-sales office in Madrid to oversee the Spanish market and key customer Via Digital.
Later EchoStar wanted to rapidly expand its engineering base in Europe and acquired the UK based company Eldon Technology in 1999. Eldon Technology, founded in 1988, became part of the EchoStar family and added a substantial degree of digital TV expertise. In addition to serving customers including Via Digital, Cyfrowy Polsat and Telefonica Latin America, EchoStar Europe designed a number of award winning products for use on DISH Network and Bell’s ExpressVu service (now BellTV) in North America.
In a move designed to increase operational efficiencies, EchoStar’s three European operations including the engineering resources were brought together under the same trading name of EchoStar Europe in 2006.
2014 - EchoStar and SES signed an agreement with Airbus Defense & Space for the built of the SES-11 / Echostar-105 Satellite.
2011 - EchoStar acquired Hughes Communications in a deal valued at 1.3 billion USD.
2009 – EchoStar is nominated for 5 industry awards and wins product of the year award.
2008 - EchoStar Europe re-launches business to focus on EMEA opportunities.
2008 - EchoStar Corporation spins-off from DISH Network on NASDAQ (SATS).
2006 - Consolidation of European engineering teams, all European companies now trading as ‘EchoStar Europe’.
1999 - Acquisition of UK’s Eldon Technology adding to engineering base.
1998 - EchoStar acquires the assets of a satellite broadcasting joint venture of News Corporation's ASkyB and MCI Worldcom.
1998 - DISH TV reaches one million subscribers.
1996 - The company's DBS service, DISH TV Network, is launched.
1995 - The company's first satellite, EchoStar I, is launched from China.
1994 - Opening of 2nd office in Madrid, Spain to service Via Digital.
1988 - Opening 1st office in Europe (The Netherlands).
1987 - EchoStar founder Charles Ergen files for a direct broadcast satellite license with the FCC, and gets one five years later.
www.spacenews.com Peter B. De Selding posted on 19 May 2008