Fans and personnel alike will stay connected in Alaska during the Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile International Sled Dog Race thanks to HughesNet, the nation’s leading satellite Internet service from Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes), the global leader in broadband satellite solutions and services.
HughesNet returns as the official Communications Sponsor for the U.S. portion of the race, providing reliable, high-speed satellite Internet access at all the checkpoints in Alaska – an essential piece of race operations to communicate weather updates, trail warnings, and other real-time information to make the race safer. In addition, it provides Yukon Quest the ability to update results on its website and social media channels, keeping fans and media around the world informed in real time.
“On-going and reliable communications is such an integral part of the race, particularly with the increase in online audiences through the website and social media over the past few years,” said Marti Steury, Yukon Quest Executive Director – Alaska. “With over 69,000 followers on Facebook, hundreds of thousands of website visitors looking for as-it-happens updates, and media following along the trail and requiring updates from afar, HughesNet’s services have become paramount in the operations of this race.”
With nationwide coverage, HughesNet brings the many benefits of high-speed satellite Internet to people and businesses no matter where they live or work—even in areas with slow or no high-speed options, such as Alaska. HughesNet partner Will Johnson, owner of Alaska Satellite Internet, installs the satellite terminals on the Alaska side of the Yukon Quest trail. Johnson flies the systems to the six Alaskan checkpoints—landing on roads when no landing strip is available—sets them up, and manages network operations throughout the race.
“For five years, HughesNet has been proud to bring connectivity to the Yukon Quest in Alaska,” said Peter Gulla, senior vice president of marketing, Hughes North America. “Our technology plays a key role in enhancing the safety of the race by providing reliable, real-time information over vast distances in extreme cold and other weather conditions. We look forward to helping all parties involved in the Yukon Quest stay in touch as well as keeping the world up to date during the race.”
About Hughes Network Systems
Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) is the global leader in broadband satellite technology and services for home and office. Its flagship high-speed satellite Internet service is HughesNet®, the world's largest satellite network with over one million residential and business customers across North America and Brazil. For large enterprises and governments, the company's HughesON® managed network services provide complete connectivity solutions employing an optimized mix of satellite and terrestrial technologies. The JUPITER™ System is the world's most widely deployed High-Throughput Satellite (HTS) platform, operating on more than 20 satellites by leading service providers, delivering a wide range of broadband enterprise, mobility and cellular backhaul applications. To date, Hughes has shipped more than 6 million terminals to customers in over 100 countries, representing approximately 50 percent market share, and its technology is powering broadband services to aircraft around the world.
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. For additional information about Hughes, please visit www.hughes.com and follow @Hughes_Corp on Twitter.