June 17, 2008

Hughes Breaks the Speed Barrier With Fastest Consumer Satellite Internet Access Plans Ever

GERMANTOWN, Md., June 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Hughes Network Systems, LLC, (HUGHES), the world's leading provider of broadband satellite networks and services, today announced the availability of the fastest consumer broadband satellite Internet access plans ever offered. The new service plans, Elite and ElitePlus, operating over the HughesNet(R) service, give rural Americans access to speeds on par with terrestrial broadband services utilizing affordable consumer equipment. The Elite plan features download speeds of up to 2Mbps and ElitePlus features download speeds of up to 3Mbps.

"Consumers and small businesses in rural areas have been left behind," said Peter Gulla, Hughes vice president of marketing. "Access to dial tone may be universal in the US, but access to DSL or cable modem service is not. The lack of broadband adversely affects mostly rural communities."

Experts say that families and home businesses without broadband access will be left at a competitive disadvantage and run the risk of becoming disenfranchised from their customers and the marketplace. And, according to analysts, there are roughly 12 to 15 million homes in pockets of America, both rural and urban, that do not have access to a broadband connection.

"With the help of HughesNet and its high-speed service plans, consumers and home businesses located in areas otherwise left behind by terrestrial providers, can take their products and services nationwide," said Jimmy Schaefler of the Carmel Group. "With speeds on par with DSL, businesses are able to increase productivity and consumers are able to participate in e-commerce and other online applications that are not available to them on a dial-up connection."

   With the Elite service plans, subscribers can:    -- Enjoy download speeds on par with terrestrial providers of 2 to 3 Mbps;   -- Effectively run a home-based business;   -- Engage in e-commerce activities; and   -- Access information, whether for business or pleasure, at speeds rivaled      by no other satellite broadband provider.    

Elite and ElitePlus join existing plans Home, Pro, and ProPlus, which offer a range of upload and download speeds and prices. From upload speeds of up to 128 kbps to up to 300 kbps and download speeds from up to 700 kbps to 3.0 Mbps, Hughes offers plans to meet any consumer's or home business's needs. Prices range from $59.99 a month for existing plans and start at $119.99 per month for the new Elite and ElitePlus plans.

Elite and ElitePlus were made possible by the launch of Hughes' SPACEWAY(TM) 3, the largest satellite in the US and the world's first commercial satellite with on-board switching and routing. SPACEWAY 3 has the greatest total capacity of any commercial satellite, which fuels the faster speeds. SPACEWAY 3 was launched in August of 2007 and began serving customers in April of 2008.

With more than 400,000 subscribers, HughesNet is the leading broadband satellite Internet service in the United States. For more information about HughesNet services and the new Elite plans, please visit http://www.hughesnet.com/ or call 1-866-859-2268.

About Hughes Network Systems

Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) is the global leader in providing broadband satellite networks and services for large enterprises, governments, small businesses, and consumers. HughesNet encompasses all broadband solutions and managed services from Hughes, bridging the best of satellite and terrestrial technologies. Its broadband satellite products are based on global standards approved by the TIA, ETSI and ITU standards organizations, including IPoS/DVB-S2, RSM-A, and GMR-1. To date, Hughes has shipped more than 1.5 million systems to customers in over 100 countries.

Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland, USA, Hughes maintains sales and support offices worldwide. Hughes is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hughes Communications, Inc. . For additional information, please visit http://www.hughes.com/.

Hughes, HughesNet, and SPACEWAY are trademarks of Hughes Network Systems, LLC.

Hughes Network Systems, LLC

CONTACT: Judy Blake of Hughes Network Systems, +1-301-601-7330,[email protected]; or Dan Tudesco of Brodeur for Hughes Network Systems,+1-202-775-2657, [email protected]

Web site: http://www.hughes.com/http://www.hughesnet.com/