GVF Quarter Century of Excellence Award


Company Recognized for Numerous Achievements in Space and on the Ground

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of its establishment as the global voice of the entire satellite communications industry, GVF today announced at World Satellite Business Week that a panel of independent jurors has selected Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), as the winner of the GVF Quarter Century of Excellence Award.

The GVF Award recognizes Hughes, an EchoStar company, for its many advances during the last twenty-five years that the jurors found have had the greatest beneficial impact on society and the broad telecommunications sector, while also improving the Company’s bottom line.

GVF Secretary General, David Meltzer, commented that “In 1997, GVF was established as the voice for the satellite industry and Hughes was an original member. During these last twenty-five years, Hughes has contributed to delivering satellite internet services to populations underserved by terrestrial broadband, become the manufacturer a large percentage of all VSATs, and developed the JUPITER™ System ground network standard that today operates on over 75 satellites. These and other contributions have made Hughes the deserving winner of the GVF Quarter Century of Excellence Award.”

Hughes President and CEO, Pradman Kaul, said: “It is a great honor for Hughes to be selected as the recipient of the GVF Quarter Century of Excellence Award, and a great credit to the Hughes employees, who embody the spirit of innovation and passion that define our company and our industry. It’s also a reflection of our customers and partners around the world, including the other worthy nominees of this accolade, all of whom have inspired us to make the world a better place through the power of connection for more than a quarter century.”


GVF is the only global trade association representing the entire satellite ecosystem and in 2022 GVF is celebrating its 25th anniversary year. To mark both GVF’s 25th anniversary and the achievements of the satellite communications ecosystem during the last quarter century, GVF will confer the GVF Quarter Century of Excellence Award.

The Award will be conferred upon the GVF member which is deemed by a panel of independent industry experts to have made the most significant aggregate contribution to the industry over the last 25 years. The winner will be announced, and the Award given, on 14 September 2022 at Euroconsult’s World Satellite Business Week conference which is also celebrating its 25th anniversary.

The Award criteria includes evaluation of:

  • The beneficial impact on society of the nominated organisations’ achievements and contribution
  • The beneficial impact on the broad telecommunications sector
  • The organisations’ contributions to its financial bottom line In considering these criteria, preference will be given to revolutionary rather than evolutionary developments across 25-years.

The five finalists for the GVF Quarter Century of Excellence Award following a public nomination process:

Hughes Network Systems

The five finalists have a long history of leading the industry in advances and the winner will be selected by a group of independent jurors who will base their decision on which company’s advances have had the greatest beneficial impact on society, the broad telecommunications sector and the company’s financial bottom line.

Each company’s candidacy was presented during a virtual event on 6 July. You can watch it here