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To meet the growing demand in the world’s largest telecom market, Hughes recently announced the formation of HughesNet China Co. Ltd., a joint venture of Hughes and China UnifiedNet. HughesNet China and its licensed partner, Beijing UnifiedNet (together known as “Hughes China”), will offer a wide range of managed broadband network services to leading telecom carriers and major enterprise customers. Hughes China will also support the government’s initiatives in expanding rural development through access to education and emergency communications across China.
Reflecting the Chinese government’s priority on investments in education for rural development, Hughes China is committed to extending broadband access in all rural areas. Dr. Li Zhimin, director general, Center for Science and Technology Development, Ministry of Education, said, “Satellite broadband access from Hughes China will be an important part of extending education and training to the people residing even in the most remote areas of China, which will play a crucial role in rural development.”
Headquartered in Beijing, Hughes China is expected to begin commercial services in the fourth quarter of this year using the latest Hughes technologies, including HN System Network Operations Centers (NOCs) in Beijing and Chengdu and high-performance HN9200 and HN9400 broadband satellite routers.