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Making the Siberian Connection
By Space & Satellite Professionals International


This is a vast land, making up three quarters of all Russia. It is an empty land, where fewer than one in four Russians live. This area is notorious for long, harsh winters but is rich in gold and diamonds, oil and coal.

This is Siberia, where the city of Yakutsk claims to be the coldest in the world, where winter temperatures hover around minus 40 degrees. More than half of Siberians live in cities like this. However, leave those cities, and you come face to face with the land. Millions of square miles of plains, mountains, lakes and swamps, frozen hard in winter, coming to green life in the short summers.

Here, people live in small towns and villages scattered across the land. Isolation can be harsher than the winter wind. It cuts people off from family and friends. It robs them of access to services, to work as well as an education. Distance destroys the connections that make a good life... except for connections by satellite.

No Place is Too Remote
Hughes Network Systems has equipped thirteen hundred towns and villages across Siberia with its Community Wi-Fi Hotspots. Hughes works with Russian communications companies to install satellite terminals and Wi-Fi access points that offer affordable neighborhood service to more than 300,000 people.

For most of them, it's the first internet connection they have ever had. It brings them public services and online education, work opportunities and connection to distant family and friends.

It makes Siberia part of a vibrant online community circling the globe.

Hughes Helps Expand the Global Community
Siberians have a lot to offer the world. They are a strong people who speak their minds, with a rich culture forged in hardship. They work hard and know how to play hard, as well.

Siberians don’t let their challenging climate slow them down. Hughes, its Russian partners – and a little bit of satellite – are making sure that distance doesn’t either.

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