Hughes Partnering with Facebook Launches Wi-Fi Hotspots in Colombia

Telecom Tech Outlook | Friday, January 10, 2020

The new partnership enables local entrepreneurs to offer their customers an extended Wi-Fi coverage anywhere in Colombia.

FREMONT, CA: Hughes Network Systems, an EchoStar Company, a provider of broadband satellite technology and services for home and office, has announced a collaboration with Facebook to launch Wi-Fi hotspots in Colombia. This will be powered by the Facebook Express Wi-Fi software platform. Hughes is also open for service providers and integrators in Colombia who seek to provide affordable, reliable, and high-speed internet access over Wi-Fi joining the company. Through this partnership, Hughes enables the local entrepreneurs to offer their customers an extended Wi-Fi coverage anywhere in Colombia, including remote and rural places.

By employing a compact Hughes satellite VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) and Facebook's Express Wi-Fi software platform; local merchants can bring their customers fast access to the internet. The combined Hughes and Facebook Wi-Fi solution enable small businesses in Colombia to virtually monetize their own hotspots anywhere, especially in places unserved or under-served by affordable internet access. Irrespective of serving many clients through its partnership, Hughes is looking forward to partner with more service providers and integrators supporting local communities throughout Colombia.

Facebook's Express Wi-Fi is a software platform to provide Wi-Fi to people whenever and wherever they need it. It helps mobile network operators to address the increased demand for internet access, especially in rural areas. It enables service providers and network operators to build, operate, grow, and monetize their Wi-Fi business in a sustainable and scalable way. Facebook partners with service providers and operators whose mission is to provide fast, affordable, and reliable access to the internet over Wi-Fi.

Hughes customers are distributed across the globe in Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, and Russia who deploy over 32,000 satellite-enabled Community Wi-Fi hotspots to benefit more than 25 million people with the widespread internet coverage. Through this community Wi-Fi hotspot, any user can access the internet with a Wi-Fi supporting handheld device, laptop, or desktop, either on a prepaid or government-subsidized (USO) basis, depending on the service model. The solution can be readily deployed anywhere within the satellite reach, including areas unserved or under-served by wireline or wireless infrastructure.