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Hughes and Facebook Launch Hotspots to Promote Entrepreneurial Opportunity in Latin America

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Hughes recently announced the launch of Hughes Express Wi-Fi in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico, supported by the Facebook Express Wi-Fi platform. Hughes Express Wi-Fi empowers merchants in small villages and towns to offer affordable Internet access to their customers on a prepaid basis, employing a solution that combines a Hughes satellite VSAT and Wi-Fi equipment with Facebook’s Express Wi-Fi platform.



“Our combined turnkey solution enables local merchants to manage their own hotspots and sell affordable Internet service to people everywhere,” said Vinay Patel, senior director, International Division at Hughes. “This exciting partnership with Facebook opens up a large market opportunity to expand HughesNet high-speed satellite Internet service while supporting local communities throughout Brazil, Colombia and Mexico.”

“Express Wi-Fi supports the Facebook Connectivity mission to bring more people online to a faster Internet,” said Paul Monte, technical program manager, Express Wi-Fi, Facebook. “We’re excited to partner with Hughes given the great potential to connect rural communities across Latin America by leveraging both Hughes satellite technology to reach underserved areas and the Express Wi-Fi platform to offer an end-to-end software solution for the network operators, local retailers, and Internet users.” Facebook’s Express Wi-Fi is a platform that helps service providers and mobile network operators build, operate, grow, and monetize their Wi-Fi business in a sustainable and scalable way.