Xplornet signs agreement with Hughes Sign for EchoStar XIX satellite

Canadian rural broadband service provider Xplornet Communications Inc. said that it has committed to Hughes Network Systems, LLC to a lifetime lease for all of the Canadian satellite broadband capacity on Hughes´ EchoStar XIX, a next-generation high throughput satellite due for launch in mid-2016.

In addition to satellite capacity, Xplornet will take delivery of satellite gateways, operational and support services and consumer user terminals in a program that is expected to be worth more than USD200m.

Built by Space Systems Loral, EchoStar XIX is planning to launch mid-2016 with over 160 Gbps throughput, about 50 percent greater capacity than EchoStar XVII, which was launched in 2012 and is the primary platform supporting nearly 1m Xplornet and HughesNet customers across Canada and the United States. The new satellite is being designed with next-generation architecture with more than 120 spot beams, facilitating the delivery of high- quality, high-speed services for at least 15 years.

Xplornet Communications Inc. is Canada´s largest rural broadband service providerFor more information, visit www.xplornet.com.

Hughes Network Systems is a provider of satellite broadband for home and office, delivering innovative network technologies, managed services, and solutions for enterprises and governments globally. Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland, USA, the company operates sales and support offices worldwide, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corp. (NASDAQ: SATS), a premier global provider of satellite operations and digital TV solutions. For additional information about Hughes, visit www.hughes.com.

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