HughesOn: How Hughes Used GSM SIMs To Build VPN Type Solution

Defying the conventional, the HughesOn solution uses GSM as last mile to provide VPN-grade connectivity services to enterprises

IT and business leaders across small and large enterprises inspired by the government’s’ Digital India vision are making consistent efforts to drive new strategic models to envision efficient business operations. With the explosive growth in cloud and rich-media applications deployed at branches, distributed enterprises are seeking Next Generation WAN architectures that deliver high performance, non-stop application availability and industry leading security.

And for most the above requirements, many an enterprises and business houses, prefer getting the services from an expert, the managed service providers and focus themselves on their core job.

Though there are many service providers that offer a rich portfolio of managed services, the catch, however, remains with getting the solution relevant, reliable and yet affordable. And, the VSAT operator Hughes brought an innovation into this space on all the aspects by bringing a new product portfolio – HughesON.

The Solution
HughesON is a suite of managed solutions that help enterprises and SMEs empower their network—and their businesses—with new, cutting-edge technologies. The innovation that Hughes brought in this solution is that the company used GSM as last mile to provide the connectivity. Instead of using the expensive and scarce VPN networks, the VSAT firm utilized the ubiquitous mobile network provided by established telecom operators to provide the last mile connectivity.


Shivaji Chatterjee, head of Enterprise Business, HCIL

The company integrated three to four SIMs of different telecom operators in a single device and installed at the customer premise to offer the connectivity. The company has partnered with Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Idea and BSNL for the same. After tasting success with GSM networks, the company is now using the 4G network of these operators.

“This is our first non-VSAT service portfolio meant for the customers and we innovated upon under-utilized traditional telecom network to offer VPN-grade connectivity solutions,” says Shivaji Chatterjee, Enterprise Business Head at Hughes India.

In a short span of time Hughes has crossed over 10,000+ sites with the HughesON suite of services. One of its large partners is Tata Communications and some major customers include SBI, CBI, BOI, McDonalds, BPCL, HPCL, IOCL,HDFC Bank, Shell, Axis Bank, and ICICI Bank. Globally, it has completed over 28,000 installations.

The Benefits
As per the firm, HughesON is ideal for failover / back up by enterprise customers using VSAT / terrestrial as primary connectivity. By converging all network elements—transport, devices, and applications as part of a comprehensive service architecture— HughesON turnkey solutions deliver better performance, higher reliability, assured security, and cost effectiveness.

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