Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), the global leader in broadband satellite networks and services, today announced the launch of HughesNet® high-speed satellite Internet service in Peru. Operating over the Hughes 63 West High-Throughput Satellite (HTS) payload, HughesNet now reaches 97% of Peru’s population, bringing the many benefits of affordable broadband Internet access to consumers and businesses throughout the country, including in rural and remote areas that are unserved or underserved by terrestrial broadband. According to Peru’s telecommunications regulator, the Supervisory Agency for Private Investment in Telecommunications in Peru (OSIPTEL), Internet penetration in rural areas of Peru currently hovers around 10%.
“Internet access is essential to promoting education, economic development and fostering social connection,” said Pradman Kaul, president of Hughes. “Offering our service in Peru helps bridge the digital divide for Peruvians, and provides access to a range of high-speed Internet plans to suit every budget.”
Hughes pioneered satellite Internet service for the mass market and currently serves more than 1.2 million subscribers in the Americas, making it the world’s largest high-speed satellite Internet service provider. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rated HughesNet No. 1 among all U.S. broadband providers, including both terrestrial and satellite, for delivering on advertised speeds.
“Peru is an important market for us in the Americas,” said Vinod Jain, vice president of Hughes. “HughesNet in Peru will bring consumers and businesses attractive service plans, and download speeds up to 50 Mbps, enabling customers to do more online than ever before, including email, online shopping, downloading music and video, using social media and browsing the web.”
HughesNet service is powered by the latest generation of the Hughes JUPITER™ System, the world’s most widely deployed satellite broadband platform. Employing the DVB-S2X standard for highly efficient use of satellite bandwidth, the JUPITER System supports a wide range of applications including consumer and small- and medium-sized business (SMB) broadband Internet service, community Wi-Fi, cellular backhaul, managed network services and mobility, including aeronautical services.