|Headquarters||Germantown, Maryland, U.S.|
|Key people||Pradman Kaul
(Chairman, President and CEO)
|Revenue||US$ 1.043 billion (2010)|
|Operating income||US$ 85.62 million (2010)|
|Net income||US$ 22.79 million (2010)|
|Total assets||US$ 1.363 billion (2010)|
|Total equity||US$ 340.0 million (2010)|
|Employees||2,254 (December 2010)|
|Subsidiaries||Hughes Network Systems←|
Hughes Communications is a provider of satellite-based communications services. The company operates its satellite business through its wholly owned subsidiary, HughesNet.
Hughes Network Systems
A wholly owned subsidiary, Hughes Network Systems is a provider of broadband satellite network products for businesses and consumers. Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland, USA, it maintains sales and support offices worldwide and employs approximately 1,500 people, in engineering, operations, marketing, sales and support. It also operates manufacturing facilities in Gaithersburg, Maryland. It first opened its doors in 1971 as a division of Hughes Aircraft's GM-merged subsidiary Hughes Electronics, which expanded in 1980 with the purchase of M/A-COM Telecommunications. In January 2003, the company was sold to SkyTerra Communications.
HughesNet is the brand under which Hughes Network Systems provides its one-way and two-way satellite Internet access technology and service in United States and Europe. HughesNet provides satellite internet access cross the contiguous United States in areas with a clear view of their satellite(s). From the United States these satellites are located in the southern sky. Originally branded as DirecPC and later DIRECWAY, it originally marketed to business customers as a side venture to the consumer product DIRECTV. In October 1996, operating as an independent entity, Hughes Communications expanded into the consumer market, primarily targeting "work-at-home consumers who might otherwise use ISDN". It officially changed its name on March 27, 2006. HughesNet services are sold directly throughout North America, and in Brazil, Europe, and India from authorized service providers and resellers. HughesNet offers downstream rates between 1 Mbit/s and 2 Mbit/s.
HughesNet pricing plans include daily data allowances which, when reached or exceeded, will result in data transfer speed reductions to speeds comparable to dial-up. They do not have monthly data restrictions, but typical daily data allowances are at or below 500 MB. The basic package traditionally comes with 250 MB per 24-hour period, with larger packages available at a significantly higher rate. Exceeding data allowances causes the subscriber's speed to be capped at a reduced rate until the next day. Unlike other services they have an unlimited "Download Zone" from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m. ET every day. With the use of a download manager it is possible to take full advantage of this window for software updates, game downloads, etc.
Latency is a serious issue with any communication to satellites in geosynchronous orbit, since it takes approximately a quarter second at the speed of light to travel from earth to the satellite and back. This compares poorly with conventional fiber optic land lines, which typically take a thirtieth of a second or less to cross a continent.
Hughesnet has a 24-month contract period. There are high cancellation fees if the contract is ended early. At the end of service, customers are required to remove equipment from the roof or pay a substantial fee. Alternatively, HughesNet will send a technician to remove the equipment for a $100 fee.
On July 5, 2012 EchoStar launched their EchoStar XVII satellite. This satellite provided 100 Gbit/s of capacity to their HughesNet product. In Q4 of 2012 HughesNet began offering their Gen4 product. This product offers two-way satellite internet speeds of up to 15 Mbit/s and data allowances up to 40 GB.
Actual costs and/or data plans and daily limits may change and are updated on their website.
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