Listing recognizes Hughes innovation that bridges the digital divide and provides connectivity where and when it’s needed most.
Hughes was named number 10 in the Fortune Change the World List, a ranking of the top 57 companies that make a positive social impact as part of their core business strategy. Fortune selected Hughes for the company’s efforts to connect people, businesses, and communities: bridging the digital divide and contributing to disaster preparedness and recovery.
“We are thrilled to be recognized by Fortune magazine among such prestigious companies in the 2018 Change the World List,” said Pradman Kaul, president of Hughes. “It is a testament to our dedicated and innovative people and the work they do every day, all around the world, providing reliable and resilient connectivity to businesses, governments, and communities.”
Also on the list, in the number-one spot, was Hughes customer Reliance Jio, the largest 4G and mobile broadband digital services provider in India. Reliance Jio earned the recognition for bringing connectivity to remote and rural areas of India. Hughes is proud to be part of that initiative, providing satellite backhaul to 400 of Reliance Jio’s 4G cellular sites.
Today, enterprises, governments, service providers, and consumers on six continents depend on Hughes technologies and services. Hughes invented the Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) over three decades ago and commercialized satellite networks for businesses and governments; in the last decade it has helped close the digital divide by bringing high-speed satellite Internet service to people and small businesses outside the reach of terrestrial broadband.
As cited by Fortune, Hughes technology enables communications during times of disaster, such as when Hurricane Maria erased 2,400 miles of terrestrial lines in Puerto Rico, and over 1,500 Hughes VSATs were deployed to connect residents, hospitals, and first responders. Hughes now stands as the #1 global provider of satellite networks and operator of the world’s largest satellite Internet service.
Fortune evaluated and identified the top companies based on four criteria: measurable social impact, the business result in terms of profitability and contribution to shareholder value, degree of innovation, and corporate integration.