Dish’s “Dish Go” satellite is scheduled to go into space in 2016 and is being designed to help make up for the loss of DirecTV in 2019, Dish CEO Dan Telfer said in a statement.
“DirecTV was a critical component of the success of Dish’s global business,” Telfer added.
“We look forward to delivering a world-class, affordable and highly-capable broadband solution for our customers, the American public and the global ecosystem.”
The satellite will be powered by a new, 20-kW battery, Telfer noted.
The satellite was first unveiled in January 2016 and will have an operational service life of up to two years.
Dish plans to launch two of the satellites on a staggered basis: one in 2021 and another in 2022.
Dish is developing the satellite to support the next generation of TV service providers.
“The Dish GO system is designed to provide consumers with a robust, high-quality, affordable broadband experience,” Telford said.
The new satellite will provide the “next generation of consumer broadband” and will be able to “provide customers with the highest possible quality of service.”
Dish’s satellite service will be provided by two suppliers: Inktomi, which will be in the U.S. and Canada, and SatelliteSat in China.
Dish has previously said that it will launch three satellites in 2021.
The first satellite is the first of three satellites it plans to send to orbit by 2020.
Telfer told analysts that Dish is looking to provide services in the $50 billion to $80 billion range.