Hughes Announces Business-Grade VoIP Over Affordable Broadband for the Government Market


Full-featured, Managed Solution Reduces Federal Telephony Costs and Complexity

GERMANTOWN, Md. -- Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), the global leader in broadband satellite networks and services, and a leading provider of managed network and application services, today announced its managed Voice-over-IP (VoIP) solution for the government market. Using the new Hughes ActiveQoS(TM) technology, Hughes can provide superior voice quality over affordable broadband, eliminating the need for agencies to invest in expensive, leased line Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) networks.

ActiveQoS Ensures High Quality Voice

Hughes ActiveQoS technology is integrated into the customer equipment onsite and actively monitors and adapts to network congestion over the broadband network. Hughes ActiveQoS incorporates several innovative optimization methods, including traffic metering, network change adaptation, and traffic prioritization, to ensure that real-time, latency sensitive applications, such as voice, get through on an end-to-end basis. As a result, government users enjoy a high-quality voice experience with minimal packet loss and jitter.

"Many agencies--particularly federal organizations at the field office, bureau, and division-level--often have been unable to justify deploying a managed VoIP solution," said Tony Bardo, assistant vice president for Government Solutions at Hughes. "The benefits of converging voice and data are well known, and now government customers, especially these small and medium-sized agencies, can reap those benefits to reduce operational costs."

Government agencies typically have had to deal with dozens of local service providers to meet the voice and data needs of their small and medium-sized field offices. Hughes enables them to consolidate all their voice and data capabilities nationwide under a single managed services provider employing the most cost-effective mix of broadband network transport technologies. The Hughes VoIP solution includes both hosted VoIP, as well as Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) trunking services, and offers full number portability.

"Federal agencies can now take advantage of a full-full featured VoIP solution that improves operations and employee efficiency and provides a better customer experience, while simultaneously lowering infrastructure costs. I call that a win-win-win," said Bardo.

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 2.5 million systems to customers in over 100 countries, representing over 50% 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 Network Systems, LLC (Hughes) operates sales and support offices worldwide, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hughes Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: HUGH). For more information, please visit www.hughes.com.

©2011 Hughes Network Systems, LLC. Hughes, HughesNet, and ActiveQoS are trademarks of Hughes Network Systems, LLC.

CONTACT: Erin Studer, Hughes, +1-301-601-7216, erin.studer@hughes.com; or Mary Alice Johnson, ConnellyWorks, Inc., +1-571-323-2585, ext. 2140, maryalice@connellyworks.com

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