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 
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/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
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