Hughes Expands Managed Network Services for African Development Bank

     Hughes Expands Managed Network Services for African Development Bank

  PR Newswire

  GERMANTOWN, Maryland, April 2, 2013



-- Services include MPLS cloud circuits to regional banks and broadband
connectivity in 32 countries

GERMANTOWN, Maryland, April 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Hughes Network Systems,
LLC (HUGHES), the global leader in broadband satellite solutions and a leading
provider of managed network services, today announced that it was awarded a
contract by the African Development Bank (AfDB), with headquarters in Abidjan,
Cote d'Ivoire and operating from its Temporary Relocation Agency in Tunis,
Tunisia, to expand managed satellite services for the AfDB and also to provide
MPLS connectivity in the region.

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AfDB has been a Hughes managed services customer since 2008, employing a
primary communications network of broadband satellite terminals installed in
32 AfDB field offices throughout Africa. The expansion contract calls for
Hughes to provide MPLS circuits at four AfDB sites, with backhaul (STM1)
services to Tunisian headquarters from a teleport in Germany. Major
applications include SAP, VoIP, video conferencing and high-speed Internet
access.

"Hughes has been a valued managed services provider to AfDB for many years,"
said David Wu, Director, at AfDB. "Their superior pro-active monitoring and
field services have earned my trust. My team can call on one trusted source
which allows them to focus on our core competency-- banking IT. We count on
the continued support of Hughes and plan to integrate Hughes into our
portfolio of telecommunications service providers we present to our clients."

Kamran Givpoor, vice president of Global Managed Services at Hughes, said, "We
are proud to have earned AfDB's trust and to be chosen as a valued partner in
meeting their entire wide area network needs."

AfDB has stringent requirements for their network including: high
availability; uniform SLA and QoS offerings; a single vendor to provide full
turnkey managed services and ongoing system engineering, installation and
field maintenance; monthly reporting, statistics and quarterly reviews on
usage and performance; and 24 x 7 multi-lingual help desk.

About African Development Bank The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group is a
multi-lateral development finance institution established to contribute to the
economic development and the social progress of African countries. The African
Development Group comprises three entities: the African Development Bank
(AfDB), the African Development Fund (ADF) and the Nigeria Trust Fund (NTF).
The AfDB Group is one of the five major multilateral development banks in the
world that provides assistance to its regional member countries with a view to
helping them achieve their development goals. Combating poverty is at the
heart of the AfDB's effort to assist the continent to attain sustainable
economic growth. The AfDB Group seeks to stimulate and mobilize internal and
external resources to promote investments as well as provide Regional Member
Countries (RMCs) with technical assistance.

The AfDB Group supports policy reforms, capacity building, knowledge sharing,
studies and preparation of development projects. The AfDB's strategic areas
include: the private sector, supporting economic and governance reforms;
promoting higher education, technology and vocational training; and promoting
regional integration. Through these core investment areas the AfDB Group
provides support to fragile states, low income countries, middle-income
countries, agriculture and rural development, social and human development,
the environment and climate change, and gender issues.

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 www.hughes.com .

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Contact: Judy Blake, Hughes Network Systems, LLC, +1-301-601-7330,
judy.blake@hughes.com, Jill Searl, Brodeur Partners, +1-603-559-5824,
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