In recognition of its vertical market penetration in the managed voice and data CPE service market, specifically managed network services for the retail sector, Frost & Sullivan presents Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes) with the 2007 North American Award for Vertical Market Penetration Leadership.
Hughes is a global provider of broadband data networking products and services, including managed network and digital media services, to a multitude of verticals including retail, restaurant, financial services, and government, as well as oil and gas, among others. In addition to enterprise customers, the company markets its solutions to other service providers that are seeking to fill gaps in their service portfolio or geographic coverage.
The HughesNet® service portfolio brand includes managed network services, digital media, and enhanced services. Managed network services include ‘High Availability VPN’, ‘Optimized VPN’, and ‘Access Continuity’ solutions. Digital media services include digital signage, business IPTV, and content distribution, while the enhanced services include security and email services.
HughesNet High Availability VPN provides a resilient, fully-managed VPN solution that delivers high performance and reliability more cost effectively than T1-based VPNs. Similarly, the HughesNet Optimized VPN provides a highly cost-effective broadband VPN, delivering the benefits of networking to all enterprise locations.
"The company’s ability to integrate satellite and wireline broadband networking provides it with a unique value proposition when compared to other service providers that are often constrained by the geographic limitations of wireline transport platforms," states Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Imran Khan. "While other vendors offer a satellite access option for their VPNs, few have integrated it from a service delivery and management standpoint."
The satellite transport platform enables Hughes to offer a diverse array of access continuity services to its enterprise customers. The company also expects to leverage its next-generation satellite system known as SPACEWAY™ 3 in 2008.
"Within the managed services market, Hughes’ focus is on delivering managed services and solutions to distributed enterprises and government agencies," says Khan. "The company’s goal is to provide its enterprise customers with a range of solutions that aim at reducing connectivity costs while offering enterprise-grade services, delivery, and management."
Hughes provides fully managed services to over 120,000 customer sites in North America. Within the managed services market, the company’s customer base includes a number of large networks (over 1,000 sites), with several exceeding 10,000 sites.
"Overall, Hughes’ ability to utilize various broadband access platforms and provide enhanced managed services to large, geographically distributed customers positions it well against rival managed service providers across various verticals such as retail," adds Khan. "In addition, strong customer support and program management operations further strengthen the company’s overall portfolio of managed solutions."
The Frost & Sullivan Award for Vertical Market Penetration Leadership is bestowed each year upon the company that has been the most effective in penetrating their industry’s vertical markets.
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About Hughes Network Systems, LLC
Hughes Network Systems, LLC (hughes.com) is the global leader in providing broadband satellite networks and services for 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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