Hughes Reduces Cost of Internet Service, Boosts Speed for Small- and Mid-sized Businesses

June 21, 2011


Germantown, Md., June 22, 2011―Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), the global leader in broadband satellite solutions and services, today introduced new business-grade satellite Internet service plans for small- and mid-sized businesses, offering faster speeds, lower prices, and enhanced customer support.

HughesNet® Business Internet service now offers five flexible plans with download speeds of up to 5 Mbps―among the fastest satellite broadband speeds in North America. Small- and mid- sized businesses that had to make do with dial-up or other lesser Internet connectivity can now get high-speed Internet anywhere at affordable costs, backed by world-class support.

HughesNet business-grade Internet over satellite offers several advantages. First, HughesNet coverage is ubiquitous across the continental U.S., providing connectivity to even remote sites that DSL and cable can’t reach and where T1 lines are too expensive; there is no need to lease costly T1 lines to reach out-of-the-way locations. Secondly, HughesNet is reliable. The always- on connectivity of satellite is not vulnerable to utility pole and line damages, backhoes, and other mishaps that commonly disrupt terrestrial networks.

“Small and mid-sized companies need to focus on running their businesses, not their networks,” said Sam Baumel, vice president of sales and marketing for Hughes mid-market offerings. “Employing advanced and proven satellite technology, our HughesNet service delivers secure, reliable broadband around the clock to all branch locations, so company owners can make the most of their business day. Whether its email, point-of-sale data, website, or file exchanges, HughesNet can accelerate business communications while providing peace of mind.”

HughesNet high-speed Internet over satellite enables businesses to increase productivity and work online without tying up phone and fax lines. HughesNet Business Internet is also convenient and efficient for busy business owners with multiple locations. They can network all their sites with a single service provider handling all the installation, management, support, and simplified, unified billing.

HughesNet Business Internet plans range from only $59.99 per month for the Connect 100 plan with download speeds of up to 1 Mbps, to $349.99 per month for the Express 500 plan with download speeds of up to 5 Mbps. All service plans include commercial-grade equipment, standard installation by certified professionals, and 24/7 U.S.-based technical support.

HughesNet Business Internet offers four optional maintenance plans for an additional monthly fee, ranging from support during business hours to 24/7 same-day, onsite support. Customers can also add one or five static IP addresses to any service plan for an incremental monthly fee.

To learn more about Hughes Business Internet Plans for small and mid-size businesses, please visit www.business.hughesnet.com or call 800-780-1030.

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 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.