Company Recognized for Numerous Achievements in Space and on the Ground

LONDON and PARIS – Celebrating the 25th anniversary of its establishment as the global voice of the entire satellite communications industry, GVF today announced at World Satellite Business Week that a panel of independent jurors has selected Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), as the winner of the GVF Quarter Century of Excellence Award.

The GVF Award recognizes Hughes, an EchoStar company, for its many advances during the last twenty-five years that the jurors found have had the greatest beneficial impact on society and the broad telecommunications sector, while also improving the Company’s bottom line.

GVF Secretary General, David Meltzer, commented that “In 1997, GVF was established as the voice for the satellite industry and Hughes was an original member. During these last twenty-five years, Hughes has contributed to delivering satellite internet services to populations underserved by terrestrial broadband, become the manufacturer a large percentage of all VSATs, and developed the JUPITER™ System ground network standard that today operates on over 75 satellites. These and other contributions have made Hughes the deserving winner of the GVF Quarter Century of Excellence Award.”

Hughes President and CEO, Pradman Kaul, said: “It is a great honor for Hughes to be selected as the recipient of the GVF Quarter Century of Excellence Award, and a great credit to the Hughes employees, who embody the spirit of innovation and passion that define our company and our industry. It’s also a reflection of our customers and partners around the world, including the other worthy nominees of this accolade, all of whom have inspired us to make the world a better place through the power of connection for more than a quarter century.”


About Hughes Network Systems:

Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), an innovator in satellite and multi-transport technologies and networks for 50 years, provides broadband equipment and services; managed services featuring smart, software-defined networking; and end-to-end network operation for millions of consumers, businesses, governments and communities worldwide. The Hughes flagship Internet service, HughesNet®, connects millions of people across the Americas, and the Hughes JUPITER™ System powers internet access for tens of millions more worldwide. Hughes supplies more than half the global satellite terminal market to leading satellite operators, in-flight service providers, mobile network operators and military customers. A managed network services provider, Hughes supports nearly 500,000 enterprise sites with its HughesON™ portfolio of wired and wireless solutions. Headquartered in Germantown, Maryland, USA, Hughes is owned by EchoStar. To learn more, visit or follow HughesConnects on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About EchoStar Corporation:

EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS) is a premier global provider of satellite communication solutions. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., and conducting business around the globe, EchoStar is a pioneer in secure communications technologies through its Hughes Network Systems and EchoStar Satellite Services business segments. For more information, visit Follow @EchoStar on Twitter.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2022 as the sole global non-profit association of the satellite industry with members from the entire ecosystem, GVF has throughout its history brought together organizations from around the world representing operators, manufacturers, service providers, innovators and other parts of the satellite ecosystem that are engaged in the development and delivery of satellite technologies and services for consumers, commercial and government organizations worldwide. GVF facilitates expanded access to satellite-based connectivity solutions, through regulatory, policy and spectrum advocacy; training and certification; product quality assurance; and collaboration with user groups and other satellite stakeholders.

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