July 23, 2008

HughesNet Feeds the Need for Speed: Subscribers Benefit From Faster Speeds at Same Low Prices

GERMANTOWN, Md., July 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Hughes Network Systems, LLC., (HUGHES), the world's leading provider of broadband satellite networks and services, today announced that it has increased the speeds of three of its popular HughesNet(R) consumer service plans -- Home, Pro and ProPlus -- at the same low prices, giving new subscribers located beyond the reach of DSL or cable an even faster broadband connection. The increased speeds empower consumers to shop and purchase online effortlessly, saving time and money in the midst of unprecedented gas prices. The Home plan now features download speeds of up to 1 Mbps. The Pro and ProPlus plans feature download speeds of up to 1.2 and 1.6 Mbps, respectively.

"Consumers living in areas not served by terrestrial broadband are making it clear that they want to enjoy all the benefits of a broadband connection and they want to do it at high-speed," said Peter Gulla, Hughes vice president of marketing. "With gas and everyday commodity prices soaring, HughesNet enhanced Home, Pro and ProPlus plans put the benefits of high-speed Internet access right at their fingertips at an affordable price."

The higher-speed Home, Pro and ProPlus join the recently introduced HughesNet Elite and ElitePlus plans, the fastest satellite broadband consumer plans ever offered, with download speeds of up to 3Mbps. With prices starting as low as $59.99 a month, the wide range of HughesNet plans now available can meet the requirements of any consumer or home business.

"The buying preferences of satellite broadband customers demonstrate the trend toward speed and features, indicating that performance is the key driver of the majority of broadband purchasing decisions," said Jimmy Schaeffler of the Carmel Group. "With top level offerings from companies such as Hughes, consumers get the speed they desire at a generally affordable price, as well as access to a host of applications that previously were not possible."

The speed enhancements in the Home, Pro and ProPlus plans 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 highest 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 Home, Pro or ProPlus 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 Sysems, +1-301-601-7330,[email protected]; or Donna Armstrong of Brodeur for Hughes NetworkSystems, LLC., +1-202-775-2650, [email protected]

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