This Award lauds its introduction of the HughesNet brand, which integrates the best of both satellite and terrestrial technologies for all of Hughes' broadband solutions to each of its customer segments.
Hughes invented the very small aperture terminal (VSAT), pioneered the commercialization of the satellite industry, and has made the shift to HughesNet, which has made it a full communications service provider rather than a provider of merely satellite-based solutions. It enables its customers to maximize the benefits of multiple broadband solutions by providing both terrestrial and satellite technologies.
There is a growing trend among both small and large networks to use hybrid technologies, depending on the individual application and location.
Through HughesNet, customers can build and manage their complete network through a single service provider.
"This provides Hughes with a significant advantage over more traditional satellite providers that compel customers to deal with multiple Internet service providers (ISPs) or commit to a completely satellite-based network," says Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Tim Street. "With increased competition between VSAT providers and terrestrial ISPs, Hughes cleverly transitioned to a full managed services provider, HughesNet." Hughes has organized its HughesNet enterprise and government offerings around three main services: HughesNet managed network services, HughesNet digital media services, and HughesNet enhanced services. HughesNet now provides consumers with services such as customized start pages, domain hosting, personalized Web addresses, blogging, and advanced hosting along with broadband Internet access.
Globally, Hughes's transition to HughesNet has allowed it to add enormous value to both existing and potential customers by helping them to optimally use the potential of different broadband technologies. In addition, Hughes also holds an advantage over competitive providers (both terrestrial and satellite) that only offer single technology solutions.
"The growing trend of hybrid networks is only expected to become more popular as different technologies are employed for niche applications, especially among large corporate and franchise networks," notes Street. "Hughes is perfectly situated to take advantage of this growing trend and continues to be a leader in the satellite community."
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About Hughes Network Systems, LLC
Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) is the global leader in providing broadband satellite networks and services for large enterprises, governments, small businesses, and consumers. HughesNet encompasses all broadband solutions and managed services from Hughes, bridging the best of satellite and terrestrial technologies. To date, Hughes has shipped more than 1.2 million systems to customers in over 100 countries. Its broadband satellite products are based on the IPoS (IP over Satellite) global standard, approved by the TIA, ETSI, and ITU standards organizations. Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland, USA, Hughes maintains sales and support offices worldwide. Hughes is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hughes Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: HUGH).
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