Hughes Network Systems


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; 51 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
  2. de Selding, Peter B. (9 November 2015). "EchoStar Sees HughesNet Revenue Gain Despite Subscriber Volatility". Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  3. Baumgartner, Jeff (9 September 2014). "Hughes: Satellite Broadband Has 1M "Active Users"". Multichannel. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  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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