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Dish's FCC Filing on E-14 Satellite at 119 W
Posted 18 May 2009 - 01:47 PM
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Posted 18 May 2009 - 03:48 PM
It seem clear Dish is planning that market expansion I discussed in the post excerpt above. The narrative attachment on page 5 states as follows (emphasis added):
And more HD in Puerto Rico will create a more favorable image which may allow expansion into Cuba in the next decade.
This would add to coverage from 110°. This is investing in the future.
The ECHOSTAR-14 satellite will operate at the 118.9°W.L. orbital location and has the capability to provide BSS services to the USA, including Alaska and Hawaii, as well as to Puerto Rico and other parts of the Caribbean, including Cuba.
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Posted 18 May 2009 - 06:46 PM
Looks like I'll need to come up with another set of spotbeam maps. Many uplinks makes many spots. E7 was designed for two uplinks ... E-10 has six. E-14 will use the same six uplink sites as E-10. 114 independently operated spots!
Alternatively, certain channels can be used on EchoStar 14’s no fewer than 51 spot beams to provide local service. These capabilities are a marked improvement over the EchoStar 7 satellite, which carries 15 spot beams.
It also appears that the spots are steerable?
Posted 18 May 2009 - 07:53 PM
Posted 18 May 2009 - 08:06 PM
This is a new satellite.
Posted 19 May 2009 - 07:12 AM
I thought that it was going to be E3's replacement. What is going to replace E3 at 61.5?
It has been speculated by this poster that once Nimiq 5 is launched to 72.7 W in September and operational that the E-6 satellite will be moved to 61.5 W to augment/replace E-3. The E-15 satellite scheduled to be launched in late 2010 or early 2011 is suppose to go to 61.5 W. E-15 will be like E-14 in that it will have both spotbeam and CONUS beam capabilities although there is the possibility that its CONUS beams will only cover the Eastern Arc areas and therefore could allow for greater downlink signal strength.
Posted 19 May 2009 - 06:11 PM
Hmm, I read it as 51 spots with 114 transponders that can be assigned to them, possibly in different combinations.
114 independently operated spots!
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Posted 19 May 2009 - 08:48 PM
Posted 19 May 2009 - 09:19 PM
Otherwise it is just replacement satellites (including better use of already assigned spectrum) and foreign slots (72.7, 77, 129, 118).