The Original HoneyBaked Ham Company Awards Contract to Hughes Network Systems for Nationwide Delivery of DIRECWAY Satellite Broadband Services

Jan 14, 2004, 00:00 ET from Hughes Network Systems, Inc.

    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
     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
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 Electronics Corporation. Other trademarks are the property of their respective

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