HughesNet® vs. WildBlue or Exede
Are all satellite Internet providers the same? It seems like most cable Internet providers are nearly identical—isn't satellite-based web
pretty much an identical industry? As you'll soon learn, satellite and cable Internet providers are two vastly different industries. The
technology used to bring you the data you need is fundamentally different.
Gen4 by HughesNet is vastly different from WildBlue or Exede, offering a more all-encompassing experience, better and faster coverage due to our superior orbiting satellite, and sensible data plans for customers all over the world. Satellite Broadband is often a more pricey investment than cable. As such, it's important to make sure you know what sets HughesNet apart from the rest.
Compare HughesNet® to Exede/WildBlue
|Company headquartered in||Germantown, MD||Carlsbad, CA (ViaSat)|
|Satellite subscribers in the U.S.||450,000+||300,000+|
|International satellite subscribers||1.45 million+||ZERO|
|# of satellites operational||13||2|
|Years as a satellite broadband provider||13+ years||3+ years|
|Years in existence as a business||30+ years||6+ years|
|Developer and creator of communication and satellite equipment||Yes||No|
|Owns & manages Network Operations Centers (NOC)||Yes||No|
|Performs installations all across the U.S.||Yes||No|
|Uses IPos, a highly secure and optimized communication standard that is optimized for satellite networks||Yes||No|
|Uses DOCSIS - a communication standard for land based cable networks within the satellite industry||No||Yes|
|Static IP Addressing option available||Yes||Yes|
|Minimum service commitment||24 months||24 months|
|30 day satisfaction guarantee||Yes||No|
|Standard Warranty||24 months parts; 180 days labor||24 months parts; 90 days labor|
|Daily Free Download Periods||2am to 7am~||12am to 5am|
Experience in the Industry
When you compare HughesNet to Exede, one feature stands out: While HughesNet has been in the satellite-based telecommunications business for over three decades, Exede was founded in 2005. HughesNet offers comprehensive Internet, not to mention decades of learning what customers need and striving to meet those needs. Our experience comes with other advantages including a larger customer base, more orbital satellites, and a unique understanding of what works and what doesn't. The satellite Internet industry isn't "in its infancy." The idea that customers in rural areas need data is nothing new. HughesNet Internet Service has been doing this since long before the web was available to most Americans.
Fast Internet, Comprehensive Coverage
Is bigger necessarily better? In the world of satellite Internet, yes. Exede operates two satellites that provide data to all of their worldwide customers. EchoStar, HughesNet's parent company, operates thirteen satellites that are in geostationary orbit around the earth right now. Put simply, HughesNet Gen4 offers coverage that Exede cannot. In addition, the EchoStar XVII features Echostar's signature Jupiter high-throughput technology, which brings Internet connections up to 15x faster than we've ever been able to provide. Finally, WildBlue's satellite installations are in the United States only. Not only does HughesNet operate 150,000 more installations in the U.S., our company offers nearly 2 million installations nationwide. What does that mean? You get the connectivity you need, everywhere, all the time.
Generous Bandwidth and Data Plans
When you compare plans between Gen4 by HughesNet and WildBlue or Exede, you find some fundamental differences. Let's say,
for instance, that you have an emergency which requires you to exceed your daily data limit. For WildBlue customers, data
connections would be much slower for the rest of the monthly billing cycle. With HughesNet, customers' connections are measured
daily. That means that if you go over your data limit on Monday, your connection might go back to its normal speed the following day.
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