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TMCNet:  Hughes Europe gets 10-year contract for broadband satellite network services

[October 10, 2012]

Hughes Europe gets 10-year contract for broadband satellite network services

Oct 10, 2012 (TELECOMWORLDWIRE via COMTEX) -- Hughes Europe, the European subsidiary of the leader in satellite broadband solutions and EchoStar Corp. (NASDAQ: SATS) subsidiary Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes) announced that it has been awarded a contract by Emtele, a specialist value-added reseller in global machine-to-machine solutions for remote monitoring, to supply high availability satellite connectivity services as part of a ten-year Smart Grid project for Finnish energy giant, Elenia.

Based on the contract, Hughes Europe and Emtele have together now successfully implemented the Smart Grid solution and it has been fully taken into production by Elenia.

At the heart of the solution is Emtele's broadband FieldCom network service, which utilizes the very robust Hughes HN System platform and related satellite services for nationwide coverage, providing high availability connectivity to all electric distribution substations that are without access to reliable terrestrial networks. The high service level agreement is essential to achieve Elenia's very strict requirements for connection service availability and quality because electric distribution is a national, critical infrastructure.

The communication network will enable Elenia to remotely monitor more than a thousand unmanned energy substations and other sites throughout Finland for the purposes of electric distribution remote management, including both security and maintenance.

Elenia Verkko Oy operates in more than one hundred municipalities in the centre of Finland in Tavastia, Pirkanmaa, Central Finland and Ostrobothnia, distributing electricity to its 408,000 customers. Elenia is responsible for network maintenance and is building new network and electricity connections with its local business partners. As a pioneer in smart electricity networks, Elenia has integrated power distribution and data systems into a comprehensive smart electricity distribution grid that provides and applies information in real time. To improve the reliability of power distribution, Elenia is using underground lines in all network construction. For additional information, visit www.elenia.fi.

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