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About Hughes


For People, Enterprises and Things Everywhere...


The connected future is here. It’s in upstate New Hampshire, where a freelance writer works online at home far from the city. It’s in Colombia, where a shop-owner sells affordable Wi-Fi and Internet access to rural villagers. It’s in the Southwest U.S., where a fast-casual restaurant chain can analyze data to improve the online experience for their customers. It’s in a military base in the Middle East, where service members connect with family and friends half a world away. It’s in the Congo, where a mobile network operator extends 3G cell service to customers in hard-to-reach places. It’s in India, where healthcare providers in towns and villages take online classes taught by experts from major urban clinics. It’s in the air, where travelers work or watch the latest movies and news, no matter where they are flying.

Making these connections is what Hughes is all about. We are industry leaders in both networking technologies and services, innovating constantly to deliver the global solutions that power a connected future for people, enterprises and things everywhere.

Our History

  • 1971

    Hughes Network System is founded as Digital Communication Corp (DCC) in Rockville, Maryland. DCC, lead by John Puente and Dr. Burton Edelson, started with a $40,000 investment from its founders.

  • Dish 1985_1

    First commercial VSAT was invented. Hughes entered the VSAT market by supplying to Schlumberger and customers such as Wal-Mart and General Motors.

  • 1989

    1st telephony earth station demonstrated.

  • General Motors 1992_1

    Hughes enters the digital cellular market. Through General Motors, Hughes introduces the first cellular car phones.

  • 1993

    Hughes introduces Cellular Digital Packet Data (CDPD). The CDPD is one of the first products of wireless web service, allowing access to the Internet and other packet-switched systems over cellular network.

  • 1994

    Hughes patents Enhanced-TDMA Technology. It develops an improved version of the TDMA, employing voice activity detection and half-rate vocoders to enhance bandwidth utilization.

  • DirecTV 1994_1

    Hughes creates DIRECTV, providing its customers with a direct broadcast satellite television service. Hughes later turns to Thomas Consumer Electronics and develops the product by creating a digital satellite system capable of receiving 175 channels.

  • HughesNet 1996_1

    HughesNet is developed, providing one-way and two-way satellite Internet access, primarily targeting the work-at-home consumers. HughesNet is today’s largest consumer satellite Internet service with one million active users in North America.

  • Direcway 2000_1

    DIRECWAY® two-way broadband service introduced.

  • VSAT 2002_1

    More than 400,000 VSATs installed to date.

  • Spaceway 2004_1

    SPACEWAY® broadband services to debut

  • Spaceway 2007_1

    Hughes launches communication satellite SPACEWAY 3, the third satellite in the SPACEWAY Series. SPACEWAY provides broadband Internet Protocol network services and is the first commercial satellite with on-board switching and routing.

  • EchoStar XVII 2012_1

    Hughes launches EchoStar XVII, enabling HughesNet high-speed Internet Services in North America. The satellites' multi-spot beam and bent-pipe architecture expands the total capacity for HughesNet service to over 2 million Americans.

  • EchoStar XIX 2016_1

    Hughes successfully launches EchoStar XIX, the world’s highest capacity broadband satellite. The satellite powers HughesNet Gen 5, next generation of nation’s #1 high-speed satellite Internet Service.

  • Jupiter LTE 2017_1

    Hughes launches JUPITER LTE Acceleration Technology. JUPITER LTE helps mobile network operators and VSAT service providers expand their services into areas without terrestrial backhaul

  • Jupiter Aero 2017_1

    Hughes announces JUPITER Aero Systems offering the industry’s fastest in-flight Internet connectivity. JUPITER Aero System incorporates advanced mobility features managed by a single Network Management System (NMS) and is the ideal solution for commercial air routes throughout the world.

  • 63W 2018_1

    Hughes 63W payload on Telstar 19 VANTAGE satellite successfully launches. New Ka-band capacity will extend connectivity to more than 90% of people in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.

  • Yahclick 2018_1

    Yahsat and Hughes launch joint venture to deliver satellite broadband connectivity across Africa, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia. This effort will increase access to affordable, high-speed, satellite broadband services to drive social and economic change in the region.

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