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KBZ Gateway Unveils New Satellite Communication Ground Station in Myanmar Powered by Hughes JUPITER™ System

Germantown, Md.—Myanmar VSAT service operator KBZ Gateway Co. Ltd. today unveiled a new earth station powered by a JUPITERTM System from Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes), which will support high-performance data services for businesses and consumers throughout the country.

Pranav Roach, president of Hughes India, joined U.S. Ambassador Scot Marciel, KBZ Gateway CEO Mr. Stephane Lamoureux, and a gathering of VIP guests for a ceremony opening the earth station, which is located in Bago and went live on May 24, 2016. The earth station includes two satellite networks that will connect all KBZ Group company sites countrywide. KBZ Gateway is also offering satellite broadband to enterprise customers, consumers and to cellular providers for backhaul capacity. The company estimates a potential to connect more than 6,000 sites over the next five years.

“Our JUPITER implementation is a major step forward in building a network infrastructure to support continued economic growth,” said Stephane Lamoureux, CEO of KBZ Gateway. “Hughes has been a valued partner throughout the process, contributing knowledge and advice along with outstanding technology.”

KBZ Group announced in August 2015 that it had selected the JUPITER system to provide Ku- and C- band satellite Internet service. KBZ Gateway will build and operate two networks: one for C-band service and the other for Ku-band.

“Hughes is honored to be part of KBZ Gateway’s efforts to extend high-performance network connectivity to its business and consumer customers,” said Ramesh Ramaswamy, senior vice president of International for Hughes. “By selecting the JUPITER System, KBZ Gateway has addressed short- term needs and laid the groundwork for future expansion. We’re looking forward to being part of Myanmar’s growth in satellite broadband and the economic development that will accompany it.”

The Hughes JUPITER System is one of the world’s most powerful and widely used satellite Internet platforms. It features a flexible and robust gateway architecture with lights-out operation, enhanced IPoS air interface for bandwidth efficiency and performance, and high-throughput terminals. JUPITER enables operators to achieve the highest possible capacity and efficiency for any satellite broadband implementation. The foundational technology is the powerful JUPITER System on a Chip (SoC), a custom–designed VLSI (Very Large Scale Integration) processor employing a multi-core architecture and enabling 100 Mbps of throughput on every terminal within the JUPITER family.

About KBZ Gateway Company Ltd.

Part of the larger KBZ Group of Companies family, KBZ Gateway Company Limited was developed to further extend the Group’s abilities through technology and maximize its ability to contribute to the industry and country. The ecosystem of partners provides an end-to-end service including international and national connectivity, supported by next-generation VSAT capability, mobile rooftop antennas, and carrier neutral POPs, along with a full range of professional services as an Oracle Gold partner. For more information, please visit www.kbzgateway.com.

About KBZ Group of Companies

The Kanbawza (KBZ) Group of Companies was founded by Aung Ko Win in 1994 and now has more than 80,000 employees. Its core principle is strengthening Myanmar and its people. The company has subsidiaries in agriculture, banking, aviation, hotels and tourism, insurance, manufacturing and mining. For more information, please visit www.kbzgroup.com.mm/.

About Hughes Network Systems

Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes) is the global leader in satellite broadband for home and office, delivering innovative solutions and a comprehensive suite of HughesONTM managed services for enterprises and governments worldwide. 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 5 million systems to customers in over 100 countries, representing approximately 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 EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), a premier global provider of satellite operations and digital TV solutions. For additional information about Hughes, please visit www.hughes.com.

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