Intelsat Selects Hughes to Power Ku-band Maritime Service

Hughes Advanced HX System Enables Intelsat to Deploy Small Shipboard

Antennas for Maritime Broadband Service Focusing on the Caribbean Yachting


Feb 26, 2008, 00:00 ET from Hughes Network Systems, LLC

    GERMANTOWN, Md., Feb. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Hughes Network
 Systems, LLC (HUGHES), the global leader in broadband satellite network
 solutions and services, today announced that Intelsat, the world's leading
 provider of commercial satellite services, has selected its HX broadband
 satellite platform for a new regional Ku-band broadband maritime service.
 Intelsat will deliver its new service via a limited number of distributor
 partners in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico regions starting in mid-2008.
     The Hughes HX System is fully compliant with the world's leading
 satellite industry standard, DVB-S2/IPoS with Adaptive Coding and
 Modulation (ACM). The Hughes implementation of ACM on the downlink,
 together with Adaptive Inbound Selection (AIS) and signal spreading
 capability on the uplink, enables the use of small shipboard antennas to
 deliver high-speed Ku-band maritime services.
     "Utilizing smaller antennas opens up a large market for broadband
 connectivity to yachts," said Mohammad Marashi, Vice President of New
 Product Development, Intelsat. "The HX System provides an always-on, high
 availability connection, easy deployment and commissioning that are
 essential components of a maritime service."
     Optimized for smaller networks, the HX design builds upon a solid and
 field-proven foundation, leveraging many of the features and
 functionalities of the widely deployed Hughes HN broadband satellite
 platform. The advanced bandwidth management features of the HX System give
 operators the ability to efficiently allocate satellite bandwidth as a
 "virtual pool, "assuring that bandwidth will always be available when
     "We are excited to be working with Intelsat to bring this innovative
 application of our HX System for maritime services," said Ramesh Ramaswamy,
 assistant vice president, Hughes. "This offering leverages best-of-breed
 Hughes technology coupled with Intelsat's extensive satellite coverage and
 market presence to ideally position both companies for success in
 delivering yachting broadband services."
     About Intelsat
     Intelsat is the leading provider of fixed satellite services (FSS)
 worldwide, delivering advanced transmission access for information and
 entertainment to some of the world's leading media and network companies,
 multinational corporations, Internet service providers and governmental
 agencies. Intelsat also offers seamless service for voice, data and video
 transmission unmatched in the industry. With the globalization of content,
 broadband, telecom, HD and IPTV fueling next-generation growth, the ever
 expanding universe of satellite services are the cornerstones of today's
 Intelsat. Real-time, advanced communications with people anywhere in the
 world is closer, by far.
     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, and a leading provider of
 broadband wireless, point-to-multipoint systems. HughesNet(R) encompasses
 all broadband solutions and managed services from Hughes, bridging the best
 of satellite and terrestrial technologies. Hughes has shipped more than 1.5
 million systems to customers in over 100 countries. Its broadband satellite
 products are based on global standards approved by the TIA, ETSI and ITU
 standards organizations, including IPoS, RSM-A and GMR-1.
     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. (Nasdaq:   HUGH). For
 additional information, please visit
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 registered trademarks of Hughes Network Systems, LLC.

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