Hughes Network Systems

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Hughes Communications is a subsidiary of EchoStar. It is headquartered in Germantown, Maryland. It provides a high-speed satellite internet service. That service is called HughesNet. It is the biggest service of its kind because it has more than 1.3 million subscribers in the Americas.[2][3]

Hughes Communications, Inc.
IndustrySatellite networks and services
Founded1971; 50 years ago (1971) (Digital Communications Corp)
HeadquartersGermantown, Maryland, U.S.
Area served
Key people
Pradman Kaul
(Chairman, President and CEO)
ServicesGlobal communications
Revenue$1.39 billion (2016)[1]
Number of employees
4,000 (2016)[1]

Company historyEdit


In 1996, Hughes created a satellite Internet service for people and small businesses. The service was called DirecPC.[4] It was renamed to Direcway in May 2002.[5] In 2012, with Hughes' first offering of broadband satellite Internet, it was renamed HughesNet.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 EchoStar Corporation 2016 Annual Report (PDF), EchoStar, archived from the original (PDF) on June 22, 2018, retrieved January 30, 2018 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. de Selding, Peter B. (9 November 2015). "EchoStar Sees HughesNet Revenue Gain Despite Subscriber Volatility". Retrieved 30 January 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. Baumgartner, Jeff. "Hughes: Satellite Broadband Has 1M "Active Users"". Multichannel. Retrieved 30 January 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. "Hughes Hasn't Been This Sexy Since... Thanks to DirecTV, its satellite broadcast service, Hughes Electronics morphed from a defense giant into a white-hot media property. Will Rupert Murdoch get his wish to buy it? - February 5, 2001". Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  5. Wireless Satellite & Broadcasting. Information Gatekeepers Inc.
  6. "Hughes updates its HughesNet satellite broadband with Gen4 service". Engadget. Retrieved 2019-03-06.

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