Hughes, Anditel to bring Internet to rural Colombian schoolchildren

EchoStar Corp. (NASDAQ: SATS) subsidiary Hughes Network Systems, LLC said it has teamed with Colombia-based telecom operator Anditel to deliver high-speed Internet service to schoolchildren in the most remote areas of Colombia.

The important initiative is part of the Ministry of Information Technology and Communication´s (MinTIC) Vive Digital program to help bridge the country´s digital divide.

Hughes is providing its advanced HX System and broadband satellite terminals for more than 1,000 Vive Digital kiosks (KVDs) across the country. The primary service will be for Internet access by schoolchildren, but after school hours the KVDs will be used for additional services to the local community.

The Hughes solution is configured to offer Internet access rates of more than six Mbps downstream and more than 1.5 Mbps upstream to schools within the Anditel-serviced region. Anditel will install and operate the system as a managed service for MinTIC.

The HX System is optimized for carrier-grade IP broadband networking and is particularly well suited for digital divide programs such as Vive Digital. Employing a highly efficient bandwidth management system, the HX solution delivers high performance economically, and can be readily scaled from hundreds to thousands of terminals.

Anditel is an operator of telecommunications solutions and digital technologies that uses integration to provide connectivity and to build and manage solutions and specialized platforms.

Hughes Network Systems is the world´s provider of satellite broadband for home and office, delivering innovative network technologies, managed services, and solutions for enterprises and governments globally. Its website is at visit www.hughes.com.

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