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Hughes award-winning technologies and services transform daily lives of millions around the globe.
For Hughes, 2015 was a banner year. Revenues and new orders each exceeded $1 billion, HughesNet® crossed over 1 million active users in North America, and globally Hughes surpassed 5 million terminals shipped to customers in more than 100 countries. And if any further testimony was needed of its combined leadership in broadband technologies and services, the Federal Communications Commission reported that HughesNet Gen4® delivered advertised download and upload speeds at higher rates than any other Internet Service Provider (ISP)—satellite or terrestrial broadband provider—in the U.S. All of these metrics are impressive, but the real and tangible results can best be seen in how Hughes technologies and services are changing the way we live, work, and play—around the world.
Web Access and So Much More
The Hughes Jupiter™ System, which powers HughesNet—the world’s largest satellite broadband network with over 1 million subscribers in North America—has now become the leading choice of operators around the globe for delivery of satellite broadband services in both enterprise and consumer markets alike. In North America alone, service volume for over 1 million subscribers downloading more than 150 million web pages daily, equates to peak traffic reaching 90 Gbps. Whether users are surfing Amazon, or downloading from iTunes, or Skyping with friends, that traffic represents a transformation in how we shop, share information, post photos, listen to music, and keep in touch. It also points to a shift in how we watch movies and TV shows, with streaming video accounting for an increasingly larger percentage of both uploads and downloads. Each year, we witness dramatic changes in how we tackle everyday activities—all made possible by the types of high speed services delivered by Hughes technology.
The Broadband Boost
As the 2012 report, The Impact of Broadband on the Economy by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) noted, this is not just about delivering connectivity for social communications. “It is about leveraging the power of broadband technologies to make the world a better place.” For example, the report cited that every 10% increase in broadband penetration yields an increase of approximately 1.2% in GDP per capita, across both developed and developing economies alike.
For countries like Brazil, which has large populations outside urban centers unserved or underserved by terrestrial broadband, there is great anticipation—by businesses and consumers— surrounding the launch in mid-2016 of HughesNet® satellite broadband service and its ability to have a positive impact on Brazilian communities and their economies.
Developing communities also demand strong public service infrastructures. Broadband connectivity augments the delivery of critical utility services, including electricity, gas, water, and telephone. Beyond merely boosting local economies, these services transform the living conditions of people around the world.
Data Driven Business Decisions
For enterprises, large and small, broadband plays a central role in both customer and employee-facing operations. For example, in the retail sector, a Hughes Guest Wi-Fi solution enables shoppers to log-in to Wi-Fi services inside the store which in turn activates “presence analytics.” The Hughes solution then provides the retailer with report data in real time about the customer’s activities within the store.
How does that impact a store’s operations? It allows the retailer to make real-time decisions to benefit the business as well as its shoppers. Perhaps the manager decides to open up more checkout lines to reduce wait times; or analyzes foot traffic and reconfigures store displays for better engagement and interaction; or uses insights to target stronger in-store promotions or offers. For the shopper, it means enhanced and personalized service at the point of sale.
More often than not, all of this simply happens behind the scenes. And we see the end results when the coffee pot turns on, the emails arrive, the video streams, and the salesperson offers assistance. In a million different ways for millions around the globe, Hughes technologies and services make daily life better.