Sterlite Tech picks Hughes India to enable SATCOM connectivity

Hughes Communications India, Ltd (HCIL), a subsidiary of Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), the global provider of broadband satellite networks and services, has announced it has been selected to provide a high-performance satellite broadband system for India´s Naval Communication Network (NCN), the company said.

Sterlite Tech [BSE: 532374, NSE: STRTECH], a global data network solutions company, chose the Hughes system to deliver C- and Ku-band satellite services as part of its hybrid IP-MPLS (Internet Protocol — Multi Protocol Label Switching) network. Under the year-long contract of Rs 100 crore, HCIL will supply the solution to power broadband satellite services across the Navy´s mainland and island sites.

The Hughes satellite network will power primary service for the Navy´s island locations as well as auxiliary service for its mainland sites. Designed and optimized for carrier-grade IP broadband networking and specialized applications, the Hughes ground system scales from hundreds to thousands of high-performance remote terminals.

Designed, built and managed by Sterlite Tech, the systems integrator for the Navy´s digital network, the NCN is part of the Network For Spectrum (NFS) project. NFS is a strategic project rolled out for Ministry of Defence users to facilitate the growth of national teledensity and ensure availability of a robust, state-of-the-art communication infrastructure for Indian Armed Forces. The NFS project was envisaged to boost the communication capabilities of Indian armed forces and enhance national operational preparedness.

HCIL is a majority owned subsidiary of Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes), the world´s largest provider of broadband satellite networks and services. HCIL is the largest satellite service operator in India providing a comprehensive range of broadband networking technologies, solutions, and services for businesses and governments, including Managed Services to meet every communications challenge. More information is available at www.hughes.in.

Sterlite Technologies is a global technology leader that designs, builds and manages smarter digital networks. Sterlite Tech engages with customers in more than 100 countries, with a digital web-scale offering across products, services and software. The company has global scale manufacturing facilities in India, Italy, China & Brazil and two Software Delivery Centres in India. For more details, visit www.sterlitetech.com.

Hughes Network Systems is the global provider of broadband satellite technology and services for home and office. Its flagship high-speed satellite Internet service is HughesNet®, the world´s largest satellite network with over 1.3 million residential and business customers across the Americas.

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. For additional information about Hughes, visit www.hughes.com and follow @HughesConnects on Twitter.

EchoStar 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 echostar.com. Follow @EchoStar on Twitter.