Q2 2019

28 LATIN AMERICA NEWS / Q2 2019 , Hughes Launches High- Speed Satellite Internet Service in Chile HughesNet, world’s largest satellite Internet service, helps bridge the digital divide, reachingmore than 98%of Chileans. Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), the global leader in broadband satellite networks and services, today announced the launch of HughesNet®, its flagship high-speed satellite Internet service for consumers and businesses, in Chile. Operating over the Hughes 63 West High-Throughput Satellite (HTS) payload, HughesNet reaches more than 98 percent of homes throughout Chile, including areas unserved or underserved by terrestrial providers. According to published figures on fixed Internet connections from the Subsecretaria de Telecomunicaciones (SUBTEL) in Chile, it is estimated that nearly half of Chilean households either have no broadband Internet access or their service is slower than 5 Mbps. “We are proud to help connect the unconnected in Chile with our signature high-speed satellite Internet service,” said Pradman Kaul, president of Hughes. “This follows the successful launch of HughesNet in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru – bringing people throughout the Americas the social, economic and educational benefits of the connected experience.” To date, more than 1.3 million consumer and business subscribers in the Americas enjoy the many benefits of high-speed Internet access with HughesNet. Service plans offered in Chile come with built-in Wi-Fi and include speeds of up to 50 Mbps download and 5 Mbps upload. “With the commencement of HughesNet in Chile, we continue our strategy to expand Internet access across the Americas with attractive pricing plans and fast, reliable service,” said Vinod Shukla, senior vice president, International at Hughes. “Now, more Chileans can do more online, including web browsing, email, shopping, social media and downloading music and video.” HughesNet is powered by the latest generation of the Hughes JUPITER™ System, which employs the DVB-S2X standard for highly efficient use of satellite bandwidth. The world’s most widely deployed satellite broadband platform, the JUPITER System supports applications such as Community Wi-Fi Hotspots, cellular backhaul and in-flight connectivity services, in addition to broadband Internet access.