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Directing affordable broadband capacity to places where its most needed

A few years ago, I travelled to a community so remote that it took a two-hour flight, followed by a three-hour drive, and a four-hour hike to finally arrive at a clinic that was so remote even the nurses did not want to live there. When faced with a medical emergency in this environment, the ability to contact a specialist doctor for advice or transport could mean the difference between life and death.
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Speedcast: 20th Anniversary

This year marks a very special year for Speedcast as we celebrate our 20th anniversary. Speedcast started in 1999 and we went from a managed connectivity service provider, setting up internet access for small businesses across Asia, to a managed network service provider and a global leader in the remote communications sector.
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Connecting the Unconnected: How Satellite Bridges the Digital Divide

Steve Collar, CEO of SES: November 2015 was a turning point for the West African country of Burkina Faso. More than 3 million citizens turned out to cast ballots in a presidential and legislative election that has been widely recognized as a critical moment in that country’s development. SES Networks and its advanced satellite technology played a significant role in that pivotal event. Working with Commission Electorale Nationale Independante, Burkina Faso’s electoral commission, and other partners, SES provided a satellite broadband solution that enabled the secure digital transmission of the electoral results. Electoral district offices equipped with VSAT stations enabled the transmission of votes to the central election site in the capital city of Ouagadougou, and allowed the country’s public television station to broadcast results on a near real-time basis, ensuring that citizens could follow the elections regardless of where they were located.
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A New Era for the industry

Pradman Kaul, President of Hughes: Not since the Kennedy era have we seen so much excitement about the space industry. That’s not only due to new launch providers, space exploration and new LEO constellations. Morgan Stanley estimates that the global space industry could exceed $1.1 trillion in revenues in the year 2040, and that “the most significant short- and medium-term opportunities may come from satellite broadband Internet access.” At Hughes, our business is growing at a healthy rate globally because of these opportunities in every market sector —consumer, enterprise and government. We now have more than 1.3 million HughesNet subscribers, representing 69% market leadership in the U.S. and cementing our position as the largest satellite Internet service provider in the world.
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