Heavyweights Covad and Hughes Strike Broadband Reseller Deal

July 27, 2005
July 27, 2005 - (HOSTSEARCH.COM) - Covad Communications Group, which offers web hosting, DSL, Voice over IP, T1, managed security, IP and dial-up, and bundled voice and data services, and Hughes Network Systems, a broadband satellite company, today announced that Covad has been selected as a primary DSL broadband supplier for Hughes' recently announced DIRECWAY Unified Broadband service offering. Through this relationship, Hughes is now able to offer mid-tier and large enterprise customers managed network service solutions, including both satellite broadband and Covad's DSL offerings.

Under the agreement, Covad will wholesale both its ADSL (asymmetrical digital subscriber line) and SDSL (symmetrical digital subscriber line) services to Hughes. With Covad's broadband services available in its portfolio, Hughes customers will be able to select satellite or DSL broadband services, or both, at each of their locations depending on their business needs.

"Working with Covad and utilizing its extensive nationwide DSL broadband network is a key component of the Hughes DIRECWAY Unified Broadband offering," said Mike Cook, senior vice president of sales and marketing for the North American division at Hughes. "This relationship allows us to address, within a single managed network infrastructure, the entire market for broadband services by offering the ideal combination of wireline and satellite technologies."

"We are pleased to grow our wholesale relationships to include Hughes Network Systems, reflecting Covad's commitment to optimizing our nationwide network," said Charles Hoffman, president and chief executive officer of Covad. "With this new agreement, Hughes will benefit from new revenue opportunities, while its customers enjoy the experience of Covad's broadband services."

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