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 needed. "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 www.hughes.com. (C)2008 Hughes Network Systems, LLC. Hughes and HughesNet are registered trademarks of Hughes Network Systems, LLC.
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