Hughes, Facebook top 1,000 satellite-powered Wi-Fi hotspots in Latin America

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Hughes Network Systems has reached the milestone of 1,000 satellite-enabled Wi-Fi hotspots in Latin America in partnership with Facebook Connectivity. The company said each Express Wi-Fi hotspot installed in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru is backhauled over satellite links, enabling local merchants to offer internet access on a pay-per-use basis to about 500 people in underserved rural communities.

The hotspots are configured with a compact Hughes satellite VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) and Wi-Fi equipment powered by Facebook Connectivity’s Express Wi-Fi platform. Last month parent company Echostar said it ended 2019 with nearly 1.5 million customers around the world for its Hughes satellite internet services.

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