Hughes: The Internet's Ultimate Enabler

Hughes Communications (HUGH), the country's leading satellite broadband provider, was recently ranked No. 1 on Deloitte's 2010 Technology Fast 500 list. (The ranking is based on percentage growth of fiscal-year revenue from 2005 to 2009.) The irony of the award is that in that period, Hughes has grown like a successful high-tech startup, but it is far from a new company. Hughes has been at the forefront of satellite communications since 1983, when it invented VSAT (very small aperture antenna) satellite networking, with Wal-Mart (WMT) as its first customer. This innovation ushered in the commercialization of satellite communications and has grown to a $4 billion global industry that Hughes has consistently led in both technology development and service delivery.

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