Awards and Recognitions

Powering the networks that people everywhere depend on is our mission at Hughes. It drives all that we do. We are experts at the art of building network solutions that are optimized for each unique customer’s needs. But we don’t stop there. We also deliver and maintain these powerful networks in peak operating order. This is how our customers – enterprises, organizations, and government agencies around the world – are able to depend on their networks 24 hours a day, 7 days week. This is what we mean when we say “Hughes delivers amazing!”



This singular focus is praised by our customers and often leads to recognition by industry groups, publications, and partners:




Analyst Recognition





Gartner Reports Highlight Hughes Strengths in Managed Network Services


2020 Magic Quadrant for Managed Network Services

Hughes Recognized in Top 3 global MSP’s in ability to deliver Managed Network Services.

Gartner’s Magic Quadrant helps enterprises quickly determine how well technology providers are executing their stated visions and performing in and against the market. Hughes named a Challenger for Managed Network Services.


2020 Critical Capabilities for Managed Network Services

Hughes Ranked Highest in 5 out of 5 use cases for Managed Network Services.

The Critical Capabilities report looks at which vendors are best suited for delivering today in relation to specific “use cases”. Hughes ranks highest across all five scenarios: MNS Overall Competency, MNS for LAN/WLAN, Multicarrier WAN, Heavy Cloud End Users, and Heavy Work at Home End Users.




Frost Report Recognizes Hughes as a Leader in Growth and Innovation



Frost & Sullivan 2020 Frost RadarTM Report:

Hughes Ranks #3 in North American Managed SD-WAN Services Market.

Industry analyst Frost & Sullivan named Hughes a leader in terms of Growth and Innovation, and ranked Hughes #3 for ability to deliver, highlighting its performance and track record in successful managed SD-WAN solutions.

Frost & Sullivan also ranked Hughes in their 2019 Frost Radar Report.




Hughes Ranked #2 in Market Share for 3rd Consecutive Year



Vertical Systems SD-WAN Leaderboard

Hughes Retains Top Spot for 3rd Year in a Row!

Expansion of Carrier Managed SD-WAN services in the U.S. increased 39% in 2020, despite the pandemic. As previously projected, demand was resilient across bandwidth intensive markets, but vulnerable for verticals like retail and travel. In 2020, Hughes retained its position on the U.S SD-WAN LEADERBOARD for the third consecutive year.




Enterprise Awards





FeaturedCustomers Ranks Hughes as Market Leader and Top Performer in SD-WAN Category



FeaturedCustomers is the world’s only customer reference platform for B2B business software and services. Its reports help potential buyers conduct research using vendor validated customer reference content such as customer testimonials, success stories, case studies, and customer videos.

FeaturedCustomers Winter 2021 Customer Success Report – Hughes Ranked as Top Market Leader

FeaturedCustomers Winter 2020 Customer Success Report – Hughes Ranked as Top Market Leader

FeaturedCustomers Winter 2019 Customer Success Report – HughesONTM Named Top Performer in SD-WAN Category



Fortinet Honors Hughes as Top Service Provider and Global Partner


2020 Service Provider Partner of the Year

Announced during Fortinet's Accelerate 2021 global conference, this award recognizes Hughes for strong growth in the past year and consistent delivery of reliable, optimized, and secure networks that combine exceptional service from Hughes with market-leading technologies from Fortinet.


2017 Global Partner of the Year

The Fortinet 2017 Partner of the Year Award recognized Hughes for outstanding cybersecurity sales, customer experience, collaboration, and marketing achievements around the world.




TMC Recognizes Hughes for Product and Technology Innovation


2019 Innovation Award Winner: Hughes HT2000L Multi-Path Terminal

The Hughes HT2000L Multi-Path Terminal was honored as the first of its kind in the industry to provide connectivity for both satellite and LTE services in a single hardware terminal; either operating as the primary network path or as back-up, with automatic failover switching between the two.


TMC INTERNET TELEPHONY SD-WAN Product of the Year Awards

As a winner of the 2021 INTERNET TELEPHONY SD-WAN Product of the Year Award, Hughes was honored not only as a pioneer, but also an innovator creating new and powerful networking options for customers. In 2018, Hughes was also recognized for its innovation, vision, and execution in delivering superior SD-WAN solutions to distributed enterprises by combining innovative broadband optimization technologies and best-in-class security with integrated network management.

2021 - HughesONTM Managed Network Services with Self-healing AIOps

2018 - HughesONTM Managed SD-WAN solution




Government Awards






2020 Industry Innovator – Government Innovation Awards

A celebration of government IT disruptors, innovators, and emerging leaders, presented by FCW, GCN, Washington Technology and Defense Systems. Hughes was recognized with the Industry Innovator award for its vital role, broad contributions, and leadership.



Federal Government Distance Learning Association’s 2018 Pillar Award: Tony Bardo

Tony Bardo, assistant vice president of Government Solutions at Hughes, was honored for outstanding service and significant contributions to expanding government distance learning opportunities. With his team, Tony has helped agencies save millions of taxpayer dollars through the Government Education and Training Network (GETN—an interactive, hybrid satellite-terrestrial network) and has also supported the annual Government Learning & Technology Symposium.





Corporate Awards



AWE Workplace Excellence Seal of Approval



Hughes has been honored as an outstanding place to work since the Alliance for Workplace Excellence (AWE) was founded in 1999. Awards include recognition for Health & Wellness, EcoLeadership, and Diversity and reflect the value Hughes places on cultivating an excellent workplace where team members can excel and thrive.

2018 & 2019 AWE Health & Wellness Seal of Approval
Recognizing Hughes initiatives to improve employee health and wellness, such as offering healthy food options, an extensive selection of fitness and health classes, an on-site health clinic, and numerous educational opportunities.

2018 & 2019 AWE EcoLeadership Award
Honoring initiatives such as the Hughes “Green Committee” which develops hands-on environmental programs and supports an employee eco-volunteerism effort, and the fact that Hughes is certified as a “Green Business” by Montgomery County, Maryland.

2018 & 2019 AWE Diversity Champion Award
Recognizing Hughes for creating a diverse and inclusive work environment and supporting inclusive practices, such as mentorship programs, engagement and learning opportunities, and cultural enrichment activities.







2020 Inspiring Leaders Award: Paul Gaske

IL honored leaders like Paul Gaske, EVP of Hughes, who excelled during an unprecedented pandemic year by displaying courage, kindness, and forward-thinking and helping their organizations change for the better and thrive despite challenges. Paul was noted as an Inspiring Leader who not only motivates people but also shows that he respects and cares for them.






EchoStar named 2020 “Global Satellite Business of the Year” for Excellence in Satellite Communications

Euroconsult, the leading global consulting firm specializing in space markets, presented its an annual Global Satellite Business of the Year award to Echostar, to recognize top performance in terms of strategic initiatives, revenue growth, margins and commercial development.


2020 SSPI Space & Satellite Hall of Fame Inductee: Paul Gaske

SSPI noted in its tribute that while much of the early satellite business focused on video, Paul Gaske pursued a different destiny for the industry – a future in data networking. He designed satellite TDMA, became part of the team that invented the VSAT antenna, and launched the satellite networking business. He also spearheaded the development of products and services that helped Hughes become the world’s leading supplier of VSAT technology; and he led the division that launched HughesNet® -- the #1 choice for satellite internet service across North and South America.


2019 SSPI "20 Under 35": Gaurav Bhatia

As a principal engineer for Hughes, Gauruv was recognized for making several significant contributions to the JUPITER product line and leading the architectural design of the third generation of JUPITER modulator and demodulator products, which combine complete modulator, demodulator and controller functionality on a modem. In addition to developing several other Hughes products, Gaurav has two patent applications.





2018 Fortune Change the World List

Fortune recognized Hughes for connecting people, businesses and communities; bridging the digital divide; and contributing to disaster preparedness and recovery. Fortune evaluated and identified the top companies based on four criteria: measurable social impact, the business result in terms of profitability and contribution to shareholder value, degree of innovation, and corporate integration.





2019 IEEE Distinguished Contributions to Satellite Communications Award: Dr. Lin-Nan Lee

IEEE honored Dr. Lin-Nan Lee, vice president of Advanced Development at Hughes and Life Fellow at IEEE, with its “Distinguished Contributions to Satellite Communications” award. The IEEE, the world’s largest professional organization for the advancement of technology, presents this prestigious award to commend one industry leader for outstanding contributions to the advancement of science, technology and applications in communications.