RATELINDO AND HUGHES HOST WORLD'S FIRST E-TDMA USERS CONFERENCE

                 Telecommunications Operators Agree to Cooperate                      in Technology and Customer Services   JAKARTA, Indonesia, July 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The world's first conference for international users of The GMH-2000 E-TDMA (Extended Time Division Multiple Access) system, concluded today with all parties agreeing to work together to provide high quality wireless local loop services to consumers.  Hosted jointly by PT. Ratelindo, Indonesia's first wireless local loop operator and Hughes Network Systems, the two day conferences called "GMH-2000 E-TDMA Users' Forum" was attended by private and public telecommunications operators from five countries, including Czech, Tarstastan, Russia, Indonesia and Vietnam.  The conference, which was opened by Mr. Djakaria Purawidjaja, Director General of Post and Telecommunication, had as its primary focus, the creation of an association for international GMH-2000 E-TDMA users to discuss the progress of GMH-2000 E-TDMA technology and to share their knowledge and experience in the continued improvement of both the technology and of their efforts to improve service quality. In addition, the Users' Forum also provided an opportunity for delegates to review the successful launches in a deregulated and competitive wireless local loop environment.  Said Mr. Remedi Peranginangin, Ratelindo's Director Business Development and Services, "The success of this conference underscores the commitment GMH-2000 E-TDMA users around the world have made to work together towards a common objective: to provide the best possible technology and service to subscribers of wireless local loop network in an increasingly competitive environment."  "For us at Ratelindo, the conference has provided invaluable input that will help to enhance the voice quality of our network and to further improve the level of service we are providing to our customer.  As Indonesia's first operator of a fixed wireless network, it is our mission to ensure that we take a lead in establishing wireless telecommunications standards that more than meet subscriber expectations.  Through this forum, Ratelindo, together with other operators and HNS as the system vendor, commit to achieving this," said Mr. Remedi.  Sheldon B. Revkin, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Wireless Networks Division Hughes Network Systems, Inc. said, "This Forum provides the opportunity for us to present positive information in the continued development of GMH-2000 E-TDMA technology.  Based on the experiences of international users of this technology, we believe that this application has a bright and significant future.  We are very encouraged by the result of this meeting and took forward to working with our customers through this important user group forum."  Ratelindo is a joint venture company between Bakrie Electronic Company (BEC) and PT. Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom).  Established 13 August 1993, Ratelindo is Indonesia's first operator of a fixed wireless network.  This telephone network, which emulates conventional telephone lines in operation, is currently supported by 38 cell sites.  The network provides fixed wireless telecommunications service to residents in the greater Jakarta area and will be expanded to include Bandung in the near future.  Ratelindo's E-TDMA based fixed wireless technology allows the rapid deployment and installation of telephone lines and has been instrumental in supporting the Indonesian government's efforts to meet the growing demand for telecommunications.  The Hughes Network System Inc. (HNS) is a unit of Hughes Electronics Corporation and has locations in the United Kingdom, India, Germany, Russia, France, Mexico, Indonesia, China, Italy, Brazil, the Philippines, Thailand and Japan.  HNS is a leading supplier of communications networks and products for commercial government and residential telecommunications markets around the world.  HNS is the leading supplier of fixed wireless systems worldwide. With more than 20 years of experience in digital communications network and systems, HNS is considered the pioneer of advanced digital technology.  Its products include digital cellular systems, TDMA digital radio telephone systems; high and medium speed TDMA equipment; VSATs for data, voice, and video networking via satellites; turnkey packet switching networks; mobile satellite communications equipment; and digital satellite modems and encryption equipment.  HNS is a unit of Hughes Electronics Corporation.    SOURCE  Hughes Network Systems /CONTACT:  A. Noorman Iljas of PT. Ratelindo, 62-21-9160013-16, or fax, 62-21-5202456, or Dody Harminto of Hughes Network Systems, Jakarta, Indonesia, 62-21-5720750, or fax, 62-21-5720755, or Judy Blake of Hughes Network Systems, Germantown, Md., 301-428-7113, or fax, 301-428-2704/  (GMH)  CO:  Hughes Network Systems; Hughes Electronics Corp.; Ratelindo; Bakrie   Electronic Company; PT. Telekomunikasi Indonesia ST:  District of Columbia IN:  TLS SU: 
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