Hughes invented the very small aperture terminal (VSAT) in 1985 and launched the commercial satellite networks industry with the first system sale to Wal-Mart. Since that time Hughes has continually invested in the design and development of innovative satellite networking products and services, consistently maintaining its global market share leadership.
As of year-end 2015, Hughes shipped more than 5 million systems to customers in over 100 countries, representing approximately 50% market share. Hughes broadband satellite networks and terminals are based on the IPoS (IP over Satellite) global standard, approved by the TIA, ETSI, and ITU standards organizations.
Additionally, Hughes owns and operates service businesses throughout the U.S., Europe, India, and Brazil, delivering continent-wide broadband satellite connectivity along with an ever growing range of fully managed solutions and applications to governments and major enterprise customers in virtually every vertical sector, including many of the Fortune 1000.
In the consumer internet marketplace, Hughes operates HughesNet®, the #1 high-speed satellite Internet service, with over one million active users, making it the world’s largest Ka-band satellite network.
Hughes is also a leader in the design and development of mobile satellite systems and related terminals for the world's major operators including Thuraya, Globalstar, Iridium and Inmarsat (BGAN network).
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