Hughes starts consumer satellite Internet service in Colombia

Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes), the global provider of broadband satellite solutions and services, has announced the launch of HughesNet® high-speed satellite Internet service in Colombia, the company´s second international deployment of its award-winning consumer service beyond North America, the company said.

Operating over the EchoStar XIX high-throughput satellite (HTS)–with the world´s highest capacity at over 200 Gbps–HughesNet service coverage reaches 75 percent of Colombia´s population, bringing the many benefits of affordable broadband Internet access to consumers and businesses either unserved or underserved by terrestrial broadband.

Hughes pioneered satellite Internet service for the mass market and this launch in Colombia builds upon its successful operations in North America and Brazil — with, to date, over 1 million subscribers, making it the world´s largest high-speed satellite network. The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently rated HughesNet as #1 among all US broadband providers, including both terrestrial and satellite, for delivering on advertised speeds. With this launch, HughesNet service is available now to more than 214 million people in South America.

Hughes Network Systems is the global provider of broadband satellite technology and services for home and office. Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland, USA, Hughes operates sales and support offices worldwide, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), a premier global provider of satellite operations. For additional information about Hughes, visit www.hughes.com and follow @Hughes_Corp on Twitter.