updated: 8/2/2012 12:52:14 PM
Frontier Communications Corp. (Nasdaq: FTR) says it has signed a deal with Maryland-based Hughes Network Systems LLC. Frontier says the move will allow it to expand its broadband footprint in Indiana, specifically in rural areas.
August 2, 2012
Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: FTR), the largest provider of communications services focused on rural America, announced it has signed a wholesale agreement with Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes), the global leader in broadband satellite networks and services.
Frontier will distribute satellite-based broadband services, branded Frontier Broadband, that will deliver dramatically increased speed and capacity to several hundred thousand households and small businesses within markets previously unserved or underserved by all broadband providers, including cable. It will be billed along with other Frontier services on the customer’s monthly bill and eligible for bundle discounts.
Frontier Broadband products are owned and managed by Frontier Communications and supported by highly-trained, 100 percent U.S.-based local installation, customer service and support teams. Greg Stephens, sr. vice president Indiana, stated, “We are very excited to offer this new, high-performance broadband Internet service to unserved rural areas. It will provide an excellent level of service not previously available and will enhance the quality of life of our customers.”
This is another example of Frontier’s unwavering commitment to making broadband access ubiquitous, especially in rural America.
Frontier Broadband will leverage the Hughes EchoStar XVII Satellite with JUPITER™ High-Throughput Technology that was successfully launched into space on July 5, 2012, and which will enable HughesNet Gen4 satellite Internet services for Frontier Broadband customers.
HughesNet Gen4 offers dramatically increased performance and capacity, including support for high-bandwidth applications such as streaming video and music.
“We are excited to work with Frontier Communications to deliver high-speed Internet access to households in rural America that have traditionally been unserved or underserved,” said Mike Cook, senior vice president, North American Division, Hughes. “HughesNet Gen4 will dramatically improve performance for high-bandwidth multimedia applications and accelerate web browsing, delivering a media-rich world like never before.”
“Frontier has been investing tens of millions of dollars annually in Indiana to expand the availability of broadband across its footprint,” said Greg Stephens, sr. vice president Indiana “Even though we have spent millions upgrading our Indiana operations, it is not feasible to reach every single household with a wired solution. A superior satellite broadband option for those customers will change that.”
To learn about Frontier Broadband and to sign-up for these new services which will be available in Indiana in late fall, call 877-451-1801.
About Hughes Network Systems
Hughes Network Systems, LLC (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 2.8 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.
About Frontier Communications
Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: FTR), is an S&P 500 company and is included in the FORTUNE 500 list of America's largest corporations. Frontier offers broadband, voice, satellite video, wireless Internet data access, data security solutions, bundled offerings and specialized bundles for residential customers, small businesses and home offices and advanced business communications for medium and large businesses in 27 states. Frontier's approximately 15,500 employees are based entirely in the United States. More information is available at www.frontier.com.
Source: Frontier Communications Corp.