HughesNet ,world’s largest satellite Internet service expands footprint in Western Hemisphere, reaching more than 90% of Ecuadorean homes, helping to bridge the digital divide
QUITO, Ecuador, Dec. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), the global leader in broadband satellite networks and services, today announced the launch of HughesNet®, its high-speed satellite Internet service for consumers and businesses, in Ecuador. Operating over the Hughes 63 West High-Throughput Satellite (HTS) payload, its broadband coverage reaches more than 90 percent of homes throughout Ecuador, including areas unserved or underserved by terrestrial providers. According to figures from the National Institute of Statistics and the Ecuador Census, though Internet penetration is over 50 percent in urban areas, 61 percent of people in rural areas do not have access to the Internet.
“We are committed to bringing affordable Internet service to people and businesses everywhere in the world to help promote education, social well-being and economic development,” said Pradman Kaul, president of Hughes. “Following on our successful launch of HughesNet service in Brazil, Colombia and Peru, we take pride in bringing our signature high-speed satellite Internet to Ecuador to help connect the unconnected and bridge the digital divide.”
To date, more than 1.3 million consumer and business subscribers in the Americas enjoy the many benefits of high-speed Internet access with HughesNet. Service plans offered in Ecuador come with built-in Wi-Fi and include speeds of up to 50 Mbps download / 5 Mbps upload.
“This next step in Ecuador continues our strategy to expand HughesNet service across the Americas,” said Vinod Jain, vice president International at Hughes. “Ecuador is an important and growing market, and we intend to bring consumers and businesses attractive pricing plans with fast and reliable service — enabling them to do more online, including email, shopping, downloading music and video, using social media or just browsing the web.”
HughesNet is powered by the latest generation of the Hughes JUPITER™ System, the world’s most widely deployed satellite broadband platform, which employs the DVB-S2X standard for highly efficient use of satellite bandwidth. The JUPITER System supports a wide range of applications, from broadband Internet / Intranet access, to community Wi-Fi hotspots, cellular backhaul, digital signage and mobility, including airborne services.
For more information about HughesNet in Ecuador, please visit: www.hughesnet.com.ec.