Hughes Technology chosen by HISPASAT in rural Colombia

Hughes Network Systems, LLC said that it has been awarded a contract for an HX broadband satellite system and terminals by HISPASAT Colombia, a subsidiary of Spanish satellite operator HISPASAT, to power delivery of high-speed satellite Internet service as part of Colombia´s Ministry of Information Technology and Communication´s Vive Digital program.

It is the latest in a series of government contracts to help bridge the digital divide in seven underserved regions of the country.

Hughes is supplying its market-leading HX System, comprising an economical gateway and high-performance broadband terminals, for approximately 650 Vive Digital kiosks (KVDs) in a HISPASAT service region of Colombia. HISPASAT, which has formed a consortium with NEC Colombia for the program, will install and operate the system as a managed service for MinTIC.

The HISPASAT Group is comprised of companies with a presence in Spain as well as in Latin America, where its Brazilian affiliate HISPAMAR operates the Amazonas fleet of satellites.

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. It 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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