Hughes Communications India Ltd. (HCIL)

HCIL, majority owned by Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes), is India’s premier networking company and India’s largest satellite service operator, offering broadband services under the Hughes brand. Customers include large enterprises and small and medium businesses across various verticals, and consumers. Solutions include networking, system integration, managed network services, security transaction services, intranet, Internet, broadband kiosks and interactive distance education.

About HCIL

HCIL started providing VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) satellite communications services called HughesNet® (shared) Network Services through its Network Operations Centre (NOC) at Gurgaon in February 1995, providing customers with interactive data, voice, and fax communications facilities.

Today, HCIL is acknowledged as the architect of Hybrid Networking solutions offering enterprise services broadly categorized under -

  • Network Design
  • Network Audit
  • Network Implementation
  • Proactive Network Management

It is one of the most successful Indian VSAT operators, having delivered almost 70,000 VSATs for shared and private services. Its service network remains amongst the largest in the country. Hughes has been the clear leader with 25 percent more new installations. The company currently operates over 30,000 TDMA and broadband VSATs on its various managed service platforms. Source: "The VSAT Report 2009 by Comsys".

HCIL is the first company to introduce Ku-band services via the “NSS 11” satellite. This satellite – four times more powerful than the INSAT series - provides highly reliable and low-cost satellite communication services. The services are provided through a Ku-band and Extended C-band hub in Gurgaon.

HCIL ably backs up its connectivity solutions with a state-of-art Data Centre and Disaster Recovery offerings. It offers a controlled environment for storing and preserving vital customer data at any one or more of its three data centre premises. This chain of excellence is completed by proactive monitoring and management of customers’ links and devices supported by real-time online access through the ‘Customer Central Portal’. In depth analysis of system generated reports enable HCIL to optimize customer network resources ensuring smooth running of mission critical components.

HCIL now has over 360 customers on its various managed and private VSAT services accounting for almost 32,000 individual sites. The Lottery, Manufacturing and Financial sectors alone account for 60 percent of its TDMA sites. Its customer list spans a range of industries and reads like who’s who of India Inc. - ICICI Bank, Hindustan Lever, ICI, Galileo, ITC, Sony, UTI Bank, Indian Railways and Reliance industry, to name a few.

HCIL has pioneered the move away from basic connectivity to implementing enterprise-wide networking solutions like ERP, Messaging, ATMs, Multicasting, Video conferencing, Corporate Training, Content Delivery, and Interactive Onsite Learning.

The company provides Value-Added Services for corporates under the Hughes Broadband, Global Education, Managed Network and Retail Services umbrella.


Hughes is the world’s leading provider of satellite broadband for home and office, delivering innovative network technologies, managed services, and solutions for enterprises and governments globally. HughesNet® is the #1 high-speed satellite Internet service in the marketplace, with offerings to suit every budget. To date, Hughes has shipped more than 2.5 million systems to customers in over 100 countries, representing over 50 percent market share. Its products employ global standards approved by the TIA, ETSI and ITU organizations, including IPoS/DVB-S2, RSM-A, and GMR-1.

Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland, USA, Hughes operates sales and support offices worldwide, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), a premier global provider of satellite operations and digital TV solutions. For additional information about Hughes, please visit