Hughes Announces First Inmarsat BGAN M2M Terminal to Receive Hazardous Locations Accreditation

    Hughes Announces First Inmarsat BGAN M2M Terminal to Receive Hazardous
                           Locations Accreditation

Inmarsat partner Zedi Inc. places first order for newly accredited terminal

PR Newswire

GERMANTOWN, Md. and LONDON, March 27, 2013

GERMANTOWN, Md. and LONDON, March 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Hughes Network
Systems, LLC (HUGHES), the global leader in broadband satellite solutions and
services and Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite
communications services, today announced the first BGAN (Broadband Global Area
Network) M2M (machine-to-machine) terminal to receive Hazardous Locations
Accreditation. The Hughes 9502, a global-use terminal designed and
manufactured by Hughes for operation over Inmarsat's BGAN service, has
successfully completed testing by Met Laboratories, Inc. (MetLabs), an
Accredited Laboratory.^1


The Hughes BGAN terminal has been certified for operation in hazardous
locations where explosive gaseous atmospheres may potentially be present. The
certification covers operation in environments classified as Class 1, Division
2, Groups A-D, and ATEX Zone 2, Group II, Category 3.

Gerbrand Schalkwijk, Vice President, Enterprise Energy, Inmarsat, said,
"Hughes' latest Class 1, Division 2 BGAN M2M terminal is an exciting addition
to our M2M portfolio and will play a significant role in supporting global
energy customers who operate SCADA networks in hazardous environments.
Inmarsat is the only mobile satellite communications company to offer such a
broad portfolio of global M2M capabilities and we are well positioned to
support this rapidly expanding market."

In a parallel announcement, Inmarsat partner Zedi Inc., a leading oil and gas
technology and services company in the field of production operations,
confirmed it is placing orders for the newly accredited Hughes BGAN M2M

James Freeman, Chief Technology Officer at Zedi, said, "Zedi utilizes the
latest technologies available to reliably connect our customers' remote sites
and provide industry-leading monitoring solutions. In 2010, we were excited to
announce the world's first large-scale SCADA network based on Inmarsat BGAN."

"Over the last two years, our team engaged Inmarsat and industry customers to
outline requirements for a new M2M BGAN terminal and we're pleased to see this
terminal available for commercial delivery to Zedi this quarter. It was
important to us that the terminal be small, easy-to-use, efficient,
cost-effective and certified for use in Class 1, Division 2 hazardous
locations. The industry collaboration and successful result demonstrates
Zedi's commitment to meet our customers' needs for world-class monitoring
solutions where terrestrial cellular coverage is not an option."

Graham Avis, Vice President at Hughes, said, "It is evident that a significant
portion of the M2M market requires terminals that operate in hazardous
environments. We are pleased to announce a Class 1, Division 2-compliant 9502
BGAN M2M terminal variant."

The Hughes 9502 M2M terminal delivers affordable, end-to-end IP data
connectivity for a wide range of industry sectors, such as environmental
monitoring, weather, tsunami warning systems, seismic data collection, utility
smart grid applications, pipeline monitoring, well site automation, IP-camera
surveillance and satellite back-up for terrestrial fixed or wireless primary
site communications.

Inmarsat's BGAN M2M service is accessible across the globe and combines
performance with low latency assuring real-time visibility of critical data.
It is simple for field teams to set up and integrate with bespoke
applications, and can be maintained without technical expertise or training.
As with all mobile satellite connectivity delivered through Inmarsat's I4,
L-band constellation, BGAN M2M operates with 99.9 per cent availability.

^1 OSHA Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) and Standards Council
of Canada Certification Body

About Zedi Inc.
Zedi Inc. (TSX VENTURE: ZED) helps the world's oil and gas producers be more
productive, more profitable, and more sustainable through technology backed by
expert consultation and services. Our 60 years of continuous operations in
North America and recognition as one of the industry's best workplaces, sets
us apart in the production operations landscape. With our unique combination
of award-winning automation, data management, and field and professional
services, we offer solutions to our customers' challenges and help them
realize their production potential.

Zedi Inc. operates in 30 countries worldwide.For additional information about
Zedi Inc., please visit

About Inmarsat
Inmarsat plc is the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications
services. Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and
high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other
organizations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in
the air. Inmarsat employs around 1,600 staff in more than 60 locations around
the world, with a presence in the major ports and centres of commerce on every
continent. Inmarsat is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: ISAT.L). For
more information, please visit

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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

©2013 Hughes Network Systems, LLC, an EchoStar company. Hughes and HughesNet
are registered trademarks of Hughes Network Systems, LLC. Other trademarks are
the property of their respective owners.

SOURCE Hughes Network Systems, LLC

Contact: Judy Blake, Hughes Network Systems, LLC, +1-301-601-7330,; or Jill Searl, Brodeur Partners, +1-603-559-5824,; or Jonathan Sinnatt, Inmarsat, +44 (0)20 7728 1935,; or Cindy Smith, Inmarsat Energy,
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