GERMANTOWN, Md., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Hughes Network Systems, Inc. (HNS), the world's leading provider of broadband satellite network solutions, today announced it is providing The Original HoneyBaked Ham(R) Company with broadband network connectivity via DIRECWAY(R) to more than 100 of the company's corporate-owned properties across the United States. With DIRECWAY, HoneyBaked Ham stores have access to a private, always-on network supporting back office applications such as in-store polling, remote monitoring, and a real-time interface with the HoneyBaked Ham corporate portal. HoneyBaked Ham is also using DIRECWAY to provide in-restaurant music, Web applications, and employee training. "In less than 30 days, HNS connected more than 100 of our corporate stores, which are spread across the U.S.," said Bill Bolton, director of information technology for HoneyBaked Ham. "HNS' scalable solution was the clear choice for us because of its ability to span diverse geographical locations, which is increasingly important as our nationwide locations depend on browser-based, network-centric applications that require broadband." With DIRECWAY, all HoneyBaked Ham properties will experience faster customer transaction speeds and improved success rates of nightly polling than would be possible with a dialup service. About Hughes Network Systems Hughes Network Systems, Inc. (HNS) is the world's leading provider of broadband satellite network solutions for businesses and consumers, with more than 600,000 systems ordered or shipped to customers in 85 countries. HNS pioneered the development of high-speed satellite Internet access services, which it markets globally under the DIRECWAY(R) brand. In addition, HNS is a leading manufacturer of DIRECTV(R) satellite television receivers, having shipped more than 14 million to date. Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland, USA, HNS maintains sales and support offices worldwide. HNS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hughes Electronics Corporation (NYSE: HS). Hughes is 34 percent owned by Fox Entertainment Group, which is approximately 82 percent owned by News Corporation Ltd. To learn more about HNS, please visit www.hns.com About The Original HoneyBaked Ham Company Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, The HoneyBaked Ham Company was founded in 1957 by Harry J. Hoenselaar in Detroit, Michigan. Harry developed a unique curing and cooking procedure for a one-of-a-kind, high-quality, bone-in smoked ham. He also invented and patented the first spiral-slicing process to create the first HoneyBaked Ham. His wife, Josephine, always complemented the ham with homestyle side dishes and sauces, which led to the creation of our popular Josie's Classic Creations(TM). Over the past 40 years, The HoneyBaked Ham Company has grown from one Detroit store to more than 300 nationwide. Today, Harry's family, three generations strong, still operates The HoneyBaked Ham Company based on Harry's standards of quality, secret family recipes and trusted relationships with customers. HUGHES, Hughes Network Systems, and DIRECWAY are trademarks of Hughes Electronics Corporation. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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