Hughes Selects Space Systems/Loral to Build World's Highest Capacity Broadband Satellite

Hughes Selects Space Systems/Loral to Build World's Highest Capacity Broadband

JUPITER™ 2/EchoStar XIX capacity will exceed 150 Gbps, powering continued
growth of HughesNet® service in North America

See Hughes at the SATELLITE 2013 Conference in Washington, DC in booth 6001.

PR Newswire

GERMANTOWN, Md., March 21, 2013

GERMANTOWN, Md., March 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Hughes Network Systems, LLC
(Hughes), the global leader in broadband satellite solutions and services and
a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation, today announced at the
SATELLITE 2013 Conference that it has selected Space Systems/Loral (SSL) to
build what will be the world's highest capacity broadband satellite ― JUPITER
2/EchoStar XIX. With over 150 Gbps throughput, the new Ka-band satellite will
have 50 percent greater capacity than EchoStar XVII, which was also built by
SSL for Hughes and launched on July 5, 2012.

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Planned for launch in mid-2016, JUPITER 2/EchoStar XIX will continue to power
growth of HughesNet in North America—the world's largest high-speed satellite
Internet service ― with 659,000 subscribers as of YE2012. Building on the
success of EchoStar XVII, the new satellite is being designed with a
next-generation architecture having more than 120 spot beams, facilitating
optimization of high quality Internet coverage across the U.S. and parts of
Canada. Its expected service lifetime is at least 15 years.

"Growth of our HughesNet consumer service continues at a record pace," said
Pradman Kaul, president of Hughes, "and speed and application demands are only
going to increase as the online world expands into even more data- and
media-rich experiences. JUPITER 2/EchoStar XIX will enable us to continue our
leadership so that our customers can enjoy the Internet at its fullest. SSL is
a trusted partner in building our platforms and we look forward to working
with them again."

With four decades of experience, SSL is the leader in supplying
high-throughput, Ka-band satellites.

"Hughes is the inventor of commercial VSATs and a pioneer in satellite
broadband for the consumer market," said John Celli, president of SSL.
"JUPITER 2/EchoStar XIX will be the highest capacity broadband satellite ever
built as a result of technology advances from both our companies and the
excellent spirit of teamwork between our people."

About SSL
SSL has a long history of delivering reliable satellites and spacecraft
systems for commercial and government customers around the world. As the
world's leading provider of commercial satellites, the company works closely
with satellite operators to provide spacecraft for a broad range of services
including television and radio distribution, digital audio radio, broadband
Internet and mobile communications. Billions of people around the world depend
on SSL satellites every day. For more information, visit

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 3.3 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

© Hughes Network Systems, LLC, an EchoStar company. Hughes and HughesNet are
registered trademarks and JUPITER is a trademark of Hughes Network Systems,

SOURCE Hughes Network Systems, LLC

Contact: Judy Blake, Hughes Network Systems, (301) 601-7330,; or Jill Searl, Brodeur Partners, (603) 559-5824,
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