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Hawaii Pacific Teleport Set to Access the Entire JCSAT-14 Payload

May 11, 2016

Hawaii Pacific Teleport ("HPT"), a leading satellite communications provider, today announced it is the first U.S. teleport offering services on the recently launched JCSAT-14 satellite.  The new JSAT satellite offers extensive coverage over Asia, Russia, Oceania, and the Pacific Island region, allowing HPT to expand its coverage options to business customers, including high-speed connectivity for planes and boats traversing the Pacific.  

The JCSAT-14 satellite carries twenty-six C-band and 18 Ku-band transponders, providing a total bandwidth of 2,853 megahertz.  HPT has two large aperture antennas dedicated to JCSAT-14, using an 11 meter antenna to access the C-band payload and a 8.1 meter antenna for the Ku-band payload. HPT currently utilizes up to 15 satellites to service various providers across multiple industries, including broadcast, media, data, exploration, maritime, inflight entertainment, and U.S. government agencies.  

"We are thrilled to be the only earth station capable of accessing the payload in its entirety," said Leeana Smith-Ryland, CEO of HPT. "We have seen the appetite for bandwidth far exceeding supply across the Asia-Pacific region, providing both HPT and JSAT a unique opportunity to maximize the full payload of this cutting edge satellite."  

Being a carrier and network-neutral teleport, HPT is seeing increasing demand for services as customers are preferring neutrality to satellite owned teleports. Satellite networking technologies, or 'hubs,' improving in leaps and bounds, allowing users to elevate capacity and throughput levels. Utilizing HPT, with access to over 40 different commercial satellites, allows customers to apply a single hub on multiple satellites.

"Diversifying bandwidth across multiple satellites to lower costs and increase scalability will continue to become the 'norm', as business and government agencies rely more and more on applications that require increased bandwidth," commented Ms. Smith-Ryland.  "For better or worse, gone are the days when you cannot be reached."

Once in orbit, JCSAT-14 is expected to be renamed JCSAT-2B. It will replace the JCSAT-2A spacecraft at a longitude of 154 degrees East.  The satellite was launched early Friday, May 6, 2016 out of Cape Canaveral by SpaceX, taking its place in history as the payload of the first SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to successfully launch a satellite for geosynchronous orbit, and safely return to earth by landing on the drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You" in the Atlantic Ocean.