The broadband service is targeting customers in rural areas who don’t have access to cable or DSL. The service features download speeds ranging from 700 Kbps to 2 Mbps with prices starting at $59 a month.
HughesNet customers in the continental U.S. need a view of the southern skies in order for the service to function.
“Wal-Mart is perhaps the only retail store in the country that reaches as many people as HughesNet," said Mike Cook, senior vice president, North America Division, Hughes, in a statement. "This relationship is a powerful way to make broadband a reality for the millions of Americans and small business owners who cannot get high-speed Internet access from cable or DSL providers.”
Customers can find the HughesNet service in the electronics department of Wal-Mart stores. In a majority of stores, it will also be available through the "Digital Connection Kiosk," or Wal-Mart customers can take home the HughesNet literature and contact the Wal-Mart Call Center to be connected with a Hughes installation specialist.
HughesNet lays claim to more than 350,000 subscribers for its two-way broadband satellite service. Its broadband satellite products are based on the IPoS (IP over Satellite) global standard.