HughesNet celebrates five years in Colombia, developing rural communities and bridging the divide
Hughes Network Systems, LLC, an innovator in satellite and multi-transport technologies and networks for over 50 years, today celebrates the fifth anniversary in Colombia of HughesNet®, the company’s flagship high-speed satellite internet service. Reaching 96% of the population of Colombia, HughesNet is now available in more than 1,000 of the country’s municipalities. Through reliable high-speed satellite connectivity, HughesNet brings internet access across the country to communities where land-based internet services like fibre and cable are not available.
“Since 2017, we have helped bridge the digital divide by expanding internet access to Colombians in places where cable and fibre internet are not available,” said Roque Lombardo, country manager, HughesNet Colombia. “Now with service in more than 1,000 municipalities, we made the dream of internet access come true for many families and small businesses while creating jobs for people who live in these communities.”
Supporting the rural communities it serves, HughesNet launched its Conectando sueños (Connecting Dreams) campaign to help connect more Colombians to the internet. As part of the program, in collaboration with UDCA university and iNNpulsa Colombia, HughesNet sponsors digital training for rural companies and awards free months of service to aid families and small businesses.
“Learning how to use the internet to grow our agricultural business, sell, connect with new clients and find new educational possibilities – some free – has a substantial impact in our communities,” said Rosa López, leader of Asodelicia ARV, a union of farmers in Cundinamarca, Colombia, that benefit from the digital training and HughesNet service. “As an association we learn the skills, but as a community we share them with our neighbours and they share with theirs, helping a bigger group of families to connect and improve our opportunities – thanks to HughesNet.”
Hughes has served Colombia for over 20 years, supporting government connectivity programs and enterprise networks. The company also offers Community Wi-Fi hotspots for affordable, shared internet access and works with mobile operators, providing satellite backhaul to extend network reach and connect more Colombians.