Industry analyst Frost & Sullivan has named Hughes the 2020 Indian VSAT Service Provider Company of the Year. The annual awards recognize companies like Hughes for visionary growth, innovation, leadership, commitment, customer service and successful business strategies to advance in the global marketplace.
Sarwant Singh, managing partner and regional leader, Frost & Sullivan, Middle East, South Asia and Africa, said, “We applaud [award winners] for consistently raising the bar of excellence in their respective industries.”
“The wide scale impact of the pandemic has highlighted how essential satellite connectivity is to healthcare, the economy and society in general,” said Partho Banerjee, president and managing director, Hughes India. “Hughes is optimistic about the possibilities that satellite internet holds for the Indian market and we continue to work towards building new ways to cost-effectively provide large-scale internet services bringing High Throughput Satellite (HTS) connectivity to rural and other hard-to-serve areas across India. We’re delighted by the recognition from Frost & Sullivan, as it underscores our commitment and motivates us to continue innovating solutions that address the growing requirements for better and more reliable connectivity.”
Hughes has a long history of success in India. The company supplies VSATs as part of the BharatNet program to connect villages across the country. In 2018, Reliance Jio selected the Hughes JUPITER™ System to enable satellite backhaul service to its 4G LTE sites in remote and rural locations with follow-on expansion orders received in late 2020. And a joint venture with Hughes and Bharti Airtel is expected to be approved by the government this year, an agreement that will further serve the increasing needs of enterprise and government users in India.
“Hughes India has truly been a market leader and has created tremendous value in the ICT space, looking at innovative new approaches to build and expand the scope of services in the satellite communications business,” said Kapil Baghel, Senior Consulting Analyst – ICT, Frost and Sullivan. “We are pleased to be able to recognize Hughes for providing high-quality VSAT solutions to multiple application areas, gradually transforming the Indian satellite services sector to reach unprecedented heights.”
The Frost & Sullivan report takes note of the breadth of industries in India served by Hughes VSAT solutions and HughesON™ managed network services, including banking, defense, telecom, education, and retail. It also calls attention to the company being the first in India to obtain a flight and maritime connectivity license to provide high-speed satellite connectivity on land, air, and sea. Furthermore, Frost & Sullivan notes that Hughes supports various government initiatives and public-private partnership opportunities to provide remote voice and broadband connectivity throughout India and aims to bring its world-class satellite internet service, HughesNet®, to the country soon.