Hughes Communications India Chosen by C-Edge to Connect 3,000 NABARD Bank Branches with a Satellite Broadband Network

  Hughes Communications India Chosen by C-Edge to Connect 3,000 NABARD Bank
                 Branches with a Satellite Broadband Network

First phase to cover states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh,
Karnataka &Tamil Nadu

PR Newswire

NEW DELHI, Dec. 4 2012

NEW DELHI, Dec. 42012 /PRNewswire/ --Hughes Communications India, Ltd
(HCIL), a subsidiary of Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes), today announced
that it has been chosen by C-Edge to provide over 3,000 branches of the
National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) across the
country with a broadband satellite network and managed services. The contract
is worth Rs. 33 crores (approximately USD 6 million) for a period of five

C-Edge, a joint venture between TATA Consultancy Services (TCS) and the State
Bank of India (SBI), selected Hughes and its HN System for a turnkey
networking solution and services to connect various District Central
Cooperative Banks (DCCBs) and State Apex banks in the country. The branches
are being integrated onto a central Core Banking Solution, with the first
phase covering the states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka
and Tamil Nadu.

The managed services comprise over 3,000 HN9200 very small aperture terminals
(VSATs) and shared Network Operations Centre (NOC) services, including
satellite bandwidth, hosting, backhaul and end-to-end IPSec management.

"We are delighted and privileged that C-Edge has chosen HCIL for this
significant banking sector project," commented Partho Banerjee, president and
managing director of HCIL. "Our managed services solution is unique in
providing high availability connectivity at all sites by employing broadband
satellite as the primary technology and backup over other wireless
technologies. Satellite is one of the fastest growing broadband technologies
in India and is playing a significant role in facilitating the expansion of
the banking sector in India, reaching even more citizens through its
continent-wide reach."

Approximately 140 banks have expressed their willingness to participate in the
project and signed the necessary Memoranda of Agreement with NABARD. This
strategy involves a major transformation of the current information
technologies and a significant reengineering of the bank's business processes.
Hughes was selected for this project due to its unique solution that has
optimized technology, security, cost and operations. The solution is also
scalable, enabling potential expansion network to more than 400 banks. The
contract underlines HCIL's leadership in providing secure and high
availability enterprise solutions through its award-winning satellite
networking technology and services.

NABARD is set up as an Apex Development Bank with a mandate for facilitating
credit flow for promotion and development of agriculture, small-scale
industries, cottage and village industries, handicrafts and other rural
crafts. It also has a mandate to support all other allied economic activities
in rural areas, promote integrated and sustainable rural development and
secure prosperity of rural areas.

About Hughes Communications India
HCIL is a majority owned subsidiary of Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes),
the world's largest provider of broadband satellite networks and services.
HCIL is the largest satellite service operator in India providing a
comprehensive range of broadband networking technologies, solutions, and
services for businesses and governments, including Managed Services to meet
every communications challenge. More information is available at

About Hughes Network Systems
Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes) is the world's leading provider of
satellite broadband for home and office, delivering innovative network
technologies, managed services and solutions for enterprises and governments
globally. HughesNet^® is the #1 high-speed satellite Internet service in the
marketplace, with offerings to suit every budget. To date, Hughes has shipped
more than 2.8 million systems to customers in over 100 countries, representing
over 50 percent market share. Its products employ global standards approved by
the TIA, ETSI and ITU organizations, including IPoS/DVB-S2, RSM-A and GMR-1.

Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland, USA, Hughes
operates sales and support offices worldwide, and is a wholly owned subsidiary
of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), a premier global provider of satellite
operations and digital TV solutions. For additional information about Hughes,
please visit

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are registered trademarks of Hughes Network Systems, LLC.

SOURCE Hughes Communications India, Ltd

Contact: Shilpa Choudhury, Hughes Communications India. Ltd., (0124) 3072668,; or Puneet Rai, Six Degrees PR, +91 9953427444,
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