Hughes growth in Latin America suggests pandemic is a satellite broadband stimulus

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Broadband hardware and service provider Hughes Network Systems is closing in on 400,000 subscribers in Latin America, continuing a growth curve that may be in part due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Whether pandemic-induced growth will stand the test of time will be a major question for Hughes, owned by EchoStar Corp, and for many other satellite fleet operators planning consumer broadband investments.

EchoStar is several weeks away from reporting its financial results for the three months ending Sept. 30. But Hughes . . .

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