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Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HNS), is a provider of broadband satellite network products for businesses and consumers. HNS pioneered the development of high-speed satellite Internet access services and IP-based networks with its original DirecPC service but which it now markets globally under the HughesNet brand. HughesNet terminals are based on the IPoS (IP over Satellite) global standard, approved by both TIA and ETSI standards organizations. HNS also developed the Ka-band satellite system called SPACEWAY.

Headquartered outside Washington, D.C.marker, in Germantown, Marylandmarker, USA, HNS maintains sales and support offices worldwide and employs approximately 1,500 people in engineering, operations, marketing, sales and support. It operates manufacturing facilities in Gaithersburg, Marylandmarker. HNS is certified to the ISO‑9001 standard.

HNS HughesNet services are supplied using:

  • DW4000 (USB only terminal)
  • DW4020 (An Ethernet upgrade of the DW4000 consisting of an add-on "gateway unit" that includes the Ethernet port)
  • DW6000 (single box-single Ethernet version of DW4020)
  • DW7000 (a performance upgraded version of DW6000)
  • HN7000s (a performance upgraded version of DW7000, the "HN" reflecting the new "HughesNet" rebranding)


Hughes Electronics expanded in 1987 with the purchase of M/A-COM Telecommunications, Inc., now known as Hughes Network Systems (HNS).[182249]

SkyTerra Communications, Inc. completed its purchase of 100% controlling interest in HNS from the The DirecTV Group (formerly Hughes Electronics) in January 2006 and completed an IPO of Hughes Communications in March 2006 [182250].

HNS is now 100% owned by Hughes Communications. Hughes Communications is a publicly traded company under the stock symbol of HUGH on NASDAQ since September 2006.

HughesNet Broadband Solutions and Services

HughesNet solutions and services are marketed directly by HUGHES and its authorized resellers and distributors throughout North America, Europe, Indiamarker and Brazilmarker. In all other regions of the world, Hughes products and services are sold by value-added providers and resellers.


Pradman P. Kaul — Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Hughes Network Systems, LLC

Grant Barber — Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Hughes Network Systems, LLC

Bahram Pourmand — Executive Vice President and General Manager, International Division, Hughes Network Systems, LLC

T. Paul Gaske — Executive Vice President and General Manager, North America Division, Hughes Network Systems, LLC

Adrian Morris — Executive Vice President Hughes Communications, Inc. and Executive Vice President, Engineering, Hughes Network Systems, LLC

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