Hughes Completes Deployment of Broadband Satellite Networks for Microcom in Democratic Republic of Congo

By Hughes Network Systems Llc, PRNE
Monday, May 9, 2011

Leading telecom provider is now offering broadband satellite services powered by Hughes HX System technology in DRC and neighboring countries

GERMANTOWN, Maryland, May 10, 2011 - Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), the global leader in broadband
satellite networks and services, today announced the deployment of several HX
System broadband satellite networks for Microcom DRC, a leading service
provider in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), founded by Leon
, CEO. Microcom is operating the HX Systems to provide high-speed
Internet access, corporate intranets, and VPN services to customers in DRC
and neighboring countries.

The Hughes solution comprises three HX System network operating centers
(NOCs) and an initial order of HX200 remote terminals. Microcom, a
newly-appointed Hughes integration partner and reseller in the DRC, is
providing applications such as high-speed satellite Internet access,
corporate intranets for the banking industry and institutional agencies, and
integration with WiMax networks for the mining sector, as well as VPN
services. These services are being offered to organizations in the DRC and in
neighboring countries in West and Central Africa under the footprint of
Intelsat's IS25 satellite.

"As a well-known telecommunications provider in the DRC for more than 20
years and an ISP for the past 10 years, it was critical for Microcom to
choose a satellite system supplier with impeccable credentials," said Mr.
Ntale. "After a very competitive selection process, we chose Hughes because
they offered the best solution and support, as well as their own experience
as a service provider."

"Hughes is proud to have been chosen by Microcom for their important
networks in the DRC," said Robert Feierbach, vice president of International
Sales and Marketing for Hughes. "Our powerful and cost-effective HX
technology enables Microcom to offer high-grade broadband Internet at an
affordable price, and to meet the growing demand for satellite services in
the DRC market, particularly in the strong mining communications sector."

Microcom currently operates WiMax terrestrial wireless networks but
needed to further extend their reach, and satellite technology was the only
viable solution to cover all of the DRC and the neighboring countries.
Microcom is now able to offer their customers the latest, leading-edge Hughes
HX satellite technology for Internet and VPN connectivity services, under
tailored service plans with competitive pricing and high service level

About Microcom DRC

Founded in 1982, Microcom is the leading Internet access service provider
in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Congo Brazzaville, with a private
satellite network in twelve cities in DRC. In each city, Internet access is
provided by a WiMax broadband wireless access network designed for providing
high-speed data to Internet users. Microcom is also the builder of the first
African WiMax network with more than 6,000 CPEs installed. For additional
information, please 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(R) is the #1 high-speed satellite Internet service in the
marketplace, with offerings to suit every budget. To date, Hughes has shipped
more than 2.5 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 Hughes Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: HUGH). For more
information, please visit

Hughes and HughesNet are registered trademarks of Hughes Network Systems,

Judy Blake of Hughes Network Systems, +1-301-601-7330, judy.blake at; or Dan Tudesco of Brodeur Partners for Hughes Network Systems, +1-202-775-2657, dtudesco at

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