Employee layoffs are not expected at Hughes Communications in Germantown, as EchoStar this week completed its $2 billion acquisition of the broadband-satellite services company, a spokeswoman said Friday.Hughes has about 1,200 employees in Germantown, said Judy Blake, a spokeswoman for the company, whose customers include ExxonMobil, Wendy's, Burger King and Nokia Siemens. "We are moving ahead with our businesses, selling satellite services to our consumer, office and government clients," she said.EchoStar of Englewood, Colo., which spun off from satellite television provider Dish Network in 2008, announced the deal in February. The Federal Communications Commission approved the transaction this week in a process that EchoStar CEO and president Michael Dugan called "thorough but expeditious." The FCC did not receive any comments or opposition to the deal, Mindel De La Torre, chief of the FCC's International Bureau, said in an order.Pradman Kaul, Hughes president and CEO, is remaining with the company, Blake said.Hughes has operated in Maryland since it launched as Digital Communication Corp. in Rockville in 1971. The business has since been owned by such companies as General Motors and DirecTV.Dish and EchoStar do not offer products and services in competition with Hughes, De La Torre said. EchoStar makes set-top boxes and satellite dishes for Dish, while Hughes provides equipment for satellite-based, high-speed Internet. Hughes provides residential satellite broadband services, while EchoStar offers fixed satellite services, equipment and digital boxes. The newly combined company could provide greater competition to telecommunications giants such as Comcast and Verizon by offering bundled services of satellite video, broadband and voice, which could benefit the public, De La Torre said."As we do not find substantial public interest harms with this proposed transaction, we find the benefits that are likely to result from the transfer of control are sufficient for us to find that the transaction will serve the public interest," De La Torre said.Shareholders of Hughes, which became a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar, will get $60.70 per share.The acquisition will significantly expand EchoStar's development of new video and data products and solutions and increase global market opportunities, Dugan said in a statement this week. "The two companies together will have an extensive fleet of owned and leased satellites, experienced personnel and communications facilities around the world, creating a global leader in video and data transport," he said.Hughes, which has more than 500,000 customers, has turned a profit in recent quarters. Net income was $685,000 in the 2011 first quarter, after a $6.2 million net loss in the first quarter of last year. Revenues rose by 9 percent to $264 million. The company saw net earnings of $23 million in 2010 compared with a net loss of $51.6 million in 2009. Revenues last year increased by 3 percent to $1.04 billion.EchoStar has about 4,600 employees worldwide. Hughes employs about 1,900 workers worldwide.kshay@gazette.net