August 6, 2008

Hughes Announces Fastest Consumer Satellite Internet Access Plan Ever Offered

GERMANTON, Md., Aug. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Hughes Network Systems, LLC, (HUGHES), the world's leading provider of broadband satellite networks and services, today announced the launch of the fastest consumer broadband satellite Internet access plan ever offered. The ElitePremium plan, operating over the HughesNet(R) service and utilizing affordable consumer equipment, features download speeds of up to 5 Mbps and will be available to order August 21, 2008.

ElitePremium joins the newly unveiled Elite and ElitePlus plans with download speeds of up to 2 Mbps and 3 Mbps, respectively and the popular consumer plans -- Home, Pro, and ProPlus which feature recently increased download speeds of up to 1 Mbps, 1.2 Mbps and 1.6 Mbps, respectively.

"ElitePremium rounds out the most exciting range of satellite Internet access plans ever offered," said Mike Cook, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Hughes. "Over the last few weeks we have enhanced the speeds across our full range of service plans. We are the only provider that offers consumers in underserved parts of the country such a comprehensive range of true broadband service options."

The enhanced speed of the ElitePremium plan is made possible by the launch of Hughes' SPACEWAY(TM) 3 satellite, 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 ElitePremium plan, please visit 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(R) 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

(C)2008 Hughes Network Systems, LLC., Hughes, HughesNet, and SPACEWAY are trademarks of Hughes Network Systems, LLC.

Hughes Network Systems, LLC

CONTACT: Judy Blake of Hughes Network Systems, LLC, +1-301-601-7330,[email protected]; or Donna Armstrong of Brodeur for Hughes NetworkSystems, LLC, +1-202-775-2650, [email protected]

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