The European arm of Hughes Network Systems Inc. (HNS) announced Tuesday that it is bringing its Mac-compatible Direcway satellite broadband Internet access to the European market. The company said it will sell its DW6000 system through regional sales office and through authorized service providers and resellers.
Hughes began offering the DW6000 system to customers in the United States last October. Unlike past Direcway satellite broadband systems, the DW6000 is billed as Mac-compatible. In the past, Hughes has required Mac users who wanted satellite-based access to use a PC to get their service. Satellite broadband offers an alternative to users who want high-speed access but are unable or unwilling to use cable modem or DSL services.
The DW6000 uses an Ethernet interface and provides two-way satellite broadband communication. It supports virtual private network (VPN) access and more. Hughes bills the DW6000 as self-configuring, requiring no drivers or other software to operate. The DW6000 can share its connection with multiple Macs or PCs connected through the same network. The DW6000 works in conjunction with a small, oblong satellite dish that communicates with a satellite stationed in geosynchronous orbit.
Hughes’ US Direcway service is primarily aimed at consumers, but Hughes’ European service is instead positioned for small businesses and enterprises in need of high-speed access without reliance on terrestrial data lines. More details can be found online.