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Hughes Announces Broadband VSAT Platform for Maritime Applications


Combination of HX IP satellite broadband modem and Sea Tel® stabilized antennas provides ideal VSAT solution for maritime and offshore platform industries

Germantown, Md., February 19, 2007—Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) (NASDAQ: HUGH) and Cobham PLC company, Sea Tel, Inc., today announced the successful completion of interoperability testing between the Hughes HX family of IP satellite broadband modems and Sea Tel family of marine stabilized satellite antennas. As a result, satellite broadband service providers around the world can now take advantage of a packaged, state-of- the-art maritime VSAT platform.

The upstream oil and gas industry increasingly relies on satellite communications for their bandwidth needs, as well as for reliable backup services on their offshore platforms. In addition, the maritime industry has seen increased use of IP bandwidth and, hence, a move towards subscription-based VSAT broadband services. Hughes and Sea Tel marry sophisticated bandwidth allocation and QOS techniques in the HX product platform with the Sea Tel Maritime Stabilized Satellite Antenna system.

“The Sea Tel stabilized antenna family interoperated very effectively with our HX satellite broadband platform, establishing the HX as an ideal solution for the maritime and upstream oil and gas industries,” said David Jupin, vice president of International Applications Engineering at Hughes. “Sea Tel is a leading provider of stabilized antennas, and we are pleased to bring this comprehensive solution to market with them.”

“Hughes is a significant provider of broadband satellite networks and services around the world. We look forward to working with them and are prepared to enable Hughes to deliver this solution,” said Rick Stallbaum, senior vice president, global sales and marketing at Sea Tel.

About Sea Tel
Sea Tel, part of the Cobham Antennas Division, specializes in marine stabilized antenna systems for two-way satellite communications, satellite television-at-sea (DBS/DTH, TV-Sea™), and Internet-at-Sea® services.

Sea Tel provides a robust maritime antenna solution for yachts, commercial ships, drill rigs, work boats, cruise ships, and military vessels.

With more than 30,000 successful installations, worldwide, high reliability combined with affordability are hallmarks of Sea Tel products. Sea Tel holds sole access to key U.S. patents and other proprietary technology that ensure customers receive a stable satellite signal that they can count on even in rough seas and gale force winds.

Headquartered in Concord, California, Sea Tel, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of London Stock Exchange listed Cobham plc. For additional information, please visit

About Hughes Network Systems
Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) is the global leader in providing broadband satellite networks and services for enterprises, governments, small businesses, and consumers. HughesNet™ encompasses all broadband solutions and managed services from Hughes, bridging the best of satellite and terrestrial technologies. To date, Hughes has shipped more than 1.2 million systems to customers in over 100 countries. Its broadband satellite products are based on the IPoS (IP over Satellite) global standard, approved by the TIA, ETSI, and ITU standards organizations.

Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland, USA, Hughes maintains sales and support offices worldwide. Hughes is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hughes Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: HUGH). For additional information, please visit


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