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HughesNet Celebrates Three Years in Chile


Launched in Chile in 2019, HughesNet connects thousands of Chileans in 313 boroughs

Germantown, MD, April 28, 2022Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), an innovator in satellite and multi-transport technologies and networks for over 50 years, today celebrates the third anniversary in Chile of HughesNet®, the company’s flagship high-speed satellite internet service. Reaching 98% of the population of Chile, HughesNet is now available in most of the country’s boroughs, from Arica to Aysén. Using proven, high-throughput satellite technology from space, HughesNet delivers internet access even in remote and rural places where land-based internet services like fiber and cable are not available.

One of the first HughesNet customers in Chile was Eyenny Díaz who lives in Caleta Vitor in the region of Arica and Parinacota. Thanks to the satellite internet service, “Our lives have totally changed, and we are very grateful that we can communicate with our family and my children who are far away,” said Ms. Díaz. “We are very happy with HughesNet, we wouldn’t change them for anything in the world.”

“HughesNet makes internet access possible in places where other types of internet service – such as cable and fiber – are not available,” said Benjamín Valverde, general manager, Hughes Chile. “We are very proud to mark three years connecting Chileans and creating jobs in the communities we serve. Bridging the digital divide between rural and urban areas drives all of us at HughesNet to connect more families, in more places to all the advantages of the internet – from education to healthcare to social services.”

In addition to connecting families to the internet, Hughes supplies internet access to 400 schools and 250 day care centers under the government’s “Connectivity for Education 2.0” program to help connect more students throughout Chile. As an example, through the company’s Connecting Dreams campaign, Hughes provides internet access to a school in Paso El Leon where members of the school community can access the service after school hours.

In service across countries in North and South America, HughesNet is the leading satellite internet service, brought to market by the company that invented satellite internet and offers a variety of satellite-based solutions. For example, cellular backhaul from Hughes helps mobile network operators extend their reach beyond where fiber can connect their cell towers. Shared access solutions, such as HughesXpress Wi-Fi, make internet access available via Wi-Fi hotspot on a pay-per-use basis.

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