Hughes Expands High-Speed Satellite Internet Access for U.S. Troops in Middle East and Central Asia

Published December 8th, 2009 - 02:15 GMT

Troops in Afghanistan and Iraq Connect with Families via Hughes-Delivered Service

GERMANTOWN, Md., Dec. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Hughes Network Systems, LLC
(HUGHES), the global leader in broadband satellite networks and services, today
announced that it has expanded provision of high-speed satellite Internet access for
U.S. troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Available at U.S. military bases, the
broadband Internet service is being delivered via the company's new operations hub
in Dubai, enabling troops to stay in touch with family and friends at home,
including sending photos and videos, connecting over social networking sites and
making VoIP telephone calls.

"Hughes is proud to provide high-speed Internet service to our troops in Afghanistan
and Iraq, reinforcing the military's Morale, Welfare & Recreation [MWR] efforts in
the region," said Rick Lober, vice president and general manager of Hughes Defense
and Intelligence Systems Division. "Staying connected with spouses, children,
extended family, and friends is essential for our troops' morale, especially as they
often are deployed overseas for a year or more."

Payam Herischi, senior director of Hughes Global Services added, "Hughes has been
providing broadband satellite terminals throughout the region since 2003, and the
additional bandwidth and resources from our new Dubai-based hub now enables us to
connect even more men and women of the military with their loved ones at home while
they serve our country overseas."

Hughes high-speed satellite internet service is available at U.S. military bases in
Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait, with local installation and logistics support provided
by partner companies in the region. For more information on internet service for our
troops, visit or email

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