SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT FROM HUGHES NETWORK SYSTEMS T

 be Used In
Wide-Area Network for South African Elections; Telkom SA Supplies a VSAT-Based 
              Communications Solution for 1999 Elections 
GERMANTOWN, Md., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Telkom SA has provided its
SpaceStream product, which uses very small aperture terminal (VSAT) technology
primarily based on VSAT equipment supplied by Hughes Network Systems (HNS), to
South Africa's Electoral Commission (IEC). The equipment will form the basis
of IEC's wide-area network for the preparation and voting activities
associated with South Africa's 1999 elections. Telekom made the
recommendations at the request of an independent consultant retained by the
IEC. In assessing its range of terrestrial and satellite products. Telkom
determined that the satellite solution would best suit both the IEC's business
and technical requirements. 
Incorporating HNS' Integrated Satellite Business Network (ISBN) system,
Telkom's SpaceStream service will offer the IEC data, network links between
IEC headquarters and polling stations in voting districts across South Africa.
Nearly 500 sites have been initially identified as polling stations and
installation of the VSATs has taken only three months to complete -- the most
aggressive and successful rollout of an entire satellite network in South
Africa's telecommunications history. 
In addition, as an integral part of the service, Telkom SA will provide
the IEC with a tailor-made solution that includes protocol and network
management, maintenance, and reengineering services in accordance with agreed
service levels. 
"It was essential to provide the IEC with a solution that was secure,
flexible, and extremely reliable at a cost-effective price," said Sean Victor,
product manager, SpaceStream, Telkom. "Our experience with delivery of many
different telecommunications solutions allowed us to assess all of the IEC
needs and we believe that SpaceStream offers them the best solution available
to meet their business requirements." 
The VSAT network will be used to facilitate the electronic transfer of
information during voter registration in the months leading up to the
election, as well as transmitting voting data back to the IEC during the
election. The ease and speed of VSAT installation ensures that the IEC can
have registration and voting stations in all areas of South Africa, whatever
their topography, distance from urban areas, or lack of terrestrial
infrastructure service. 
Telkom's SpaceStream Service uses HNS VSAT technology to deliver customers
a satellite-based communications service solution, offering total operating
flexibility by supporting data, image, voice, full multimedia, and a host of
multiprotocol applications simultaneously across a managed national and/or
intra-African or an international satellite network. The service can be
provided using any one of three topologies, either a traditional star, point-to-point, or mesh configuration. 
The IEC network consists of an HNS PES terminal located at each remote
site on the network that provides communications with the hub station located
at the headquarters/data center. The PES effectively supports data-intensive
applications and at the same time provides excellent response times for
interactive applications. Capacity is allocated to remote sites on demand,
ensuring optimum response times for remote applications. 
Telkom SA Ltd., a public company since 1991, is 30% owned by strategic
equity partners SBC Communications Inc. and Telekom Malaysia. With total
revenues of more than R20.2 billion in 1997, the company employs a workforce
of 57,000. Telkom SA has a diversified presence across a wide range of
telecommunication activities. Telkom SA is headquartered in Pretoria, RSA. 
HNS customers include the continent's most progressive telecommunications
companies in more than 30 nations. A world leader in satellite products and
network systems for more than 25 years, HNS has 60 percent of the global VSAT
market and has shipped more than 200,000 terminals. 
Headquartered in Germantown, Md., near Washington, D.C., the company has
sales and support offices worldwide. HNS offers communications network
solutions that include a complete line of integrated satellite, enterprise
networking products, and fixed and mobile wireless networks.  HNS is a Hughes
Electronics Corporation company and an ISO-9001-certified manufacturer. The
earnings of Hughes Electronics are used to calculate the earnings per share
attributable to GMH (NYSE symbol) common stock. 
PES and ISBN are registered trademarks of Hughes Network Systems.
 

SOURCE  Hughes Network Systems 
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/CONTACT:  Gayle Armstrong, Hughes Network Systems, 301-601-4185,
Fax 301-601-4071, garmstrong@hns.com or Tanya Fortner, Copithorne & Bellows,
770-392-8646, Fax 770-392-8612, tanya.fortner@cbpr.com/ 
CO:  Hughes Network Systems; Telkom SA Ltd.
ST:  Maryland, South Africa
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