Hughes Satellite Connectivity Supports Habitat for Humanity in the Wake of Superstorm Sandy

Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:00am EST

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Broadband Services Help Coordinate Rebuilding Efforts for over 110 Homes in New
GERMANTOWN, Md.,  Jan. 29, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Hughes Network Systems, LLC
(HUGHES), the global leader in broadband satellite solutions and services,
continues to provide satellite broadband Internet and voice services to Habitat
for Humanity of  Westchester, NY  in its Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts.
These essential communications are supporting the rebuilding of over 110 homes
damaged by the hurricane in  Breezy Point, NY  and are the result of a combined
effort by Hughes, Cisco Systems and the Global VSAT Forum.


After Superstorm Sandy decimated  Breezy Point, Habitat for Humanity volunteered
to help the residents rebuild their homes, setting up a command center nearby to
coordinate the effort. Flooding and power outages had knocked out base stations,
towers and switching centers of terrestrial network providers, while the Hughes
satellite network withstood the disaster well with limited or no reported
disruption to service.

"The combined assistance from Cisco Systems, the Global VSAT Forum and Hughes
was invaluable, and to this day Hughes and Cisco are supporting our disaster
operations in this devastated area," said  Jim Killoran, Executive Director,
Habitat for Humanity of  Westchester. "This support has been critical to our
success in helping to alleviate suffering and get families closer to being in
their homes."

Hughes broadband service is provided through its new Internet Access Solutions,
powered by the EchoStar XVII®  satellite with JUPITER™  high-throughput
technology-a next generation Ka-band satellite system with fast Internet speeds,
up to 15 Mbps. "Satellite connectivity has again proven its resilience in the
face of a disaster," said  Tony Bardo, Assistant Vice President of  Government
Solutions  at Hughes, "And we're honored to be playing this important part in
supporting Habitat for Humanity's noble efforts to help families rebuild their

Cisco established a TacOps team on site supporting customers in need by
providing a switch to connect their computers, Wi-Fi for wireless access and a
call manager for phones. "Cisco's TacOps teams are deployed to support
communications in the acute phase of emergencies, such as in the wake of
Superstorm Sandy," said  Tim Woods, Technical Support Manager - TacOps at Cisco.
"It has been a pleasure to work side by side with the Habitat for Humanity team,
providing vital communications to both staff and volunteers."

The Global VSAT Forum's (GVF) Disaster Preparedness Registry, established
following the devastating earthquakes in  Haiti  in 2010, helped to identify
appropriate support resources.  David Hartshorn, Secretary General of the GVF
commented, "Habitat has not only proven itself to be a valuable organization to
rebuild homes and lives, but also is clearly a trailblazer in leveraging
satellite technology for disaster communications."  

For more information on how to get involved with the rebuilding effort, please
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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 3.3 million systems to customers in over 100 countries, representing
over 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,
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