Executive Corner

Published by Hughes Corporate Communications Department Eric Gann, Editor Aaron James, Co-editor

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Ramesh Ramaswamy Senior Vice President and General Manager, International Division

Correspondence is invited and should be directed to: Arunas Slekys, Vice President, Corporate Marketing Email: Hughes Network Systems, LLC 11717 Exploration Lane Germantown, MD 20876 USA

In this issue, we speak to Ramesh Ramaswamy about Hughes many successes in international markets over the past year and its plans for the future. Q. This issue’s theme is “Powering a Connected Future.” Can you talk about the importance of Internet access to economic and social development around the world? The World Bank has published several reports showing that an increase of just 10% in broadband penetration increases a country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by nearly 2%—a staggering statistic. The United Nations has even noted that broadband access is now essentially a human right. And beyond economic benefits, the social impact

of broadband is also well understood, from better educated kids in school, to telemedicine, emergency preparedness/ response, online banking, and virtually all government services to citizens, not to mention keeping our families and friends connected. That is especially true in rural areas, because broadband access increases a community’s ability to join the mainstream economy. You can see it in how peoples’ lives change for the better. When an area gets connectivity and access to information, people can pay bills, apply for passports, get land records, or download e-training courseware—which is a major driver in emerging economies, such as India, where half the population is under 30 years old and many want to improve their education but can’t afford to leave their towns or villages. Broadband is all about the opportunities it opens up no matter where people work or live. For Hughes, this demand translates into more business to supply the systems that enable broadband services, and in delivering those services—whether directly as with our leading HughesNet ® high-speed satellite service, now with over 1.2 million subscribers in the Americas, or indirectly, through partnerships with leading operators around the globe. Q. How is Hughes making access more available and affordable through solutions such as community Wi-Fi? The latest generations of High-Throughput Satellite (HTS) technologies, such as our JUPITER TM System, have brought the costs of broadband access in exurban or rural areas to the $50 to $60 a month range—which is affordable for a family living in a developed economy. Q. What does that mean to Hughes and our customers?

About Hughes Network Systems

Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) is the global leader in 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 1.2 million residential and business customers across the Americas. For large enterprises and governments, the company’s HughesON™ managed network services provide complete connectivity solutions employing an optimized mix of satellite and terrestrial technologies. The JUPITER™ System is the world’s most widely deployed High-Throughput Satellite (HTS) platform, operating on more than 20 satellites by leading service providers, delivering a wide range of broadband enterprise, mobility, and cellular backhaul applications. To date, Hughes has shipped more than 7 million terminals to customers in over 100 countries, representing approximately 50 percent market share, and its technology is powering broadband services to aircraft around the world. 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, please visit and follow @Hughes_Corp on Twitter. Special thanks to our contributors: Tony Bardo, Mary Belt, Dan Brown, Sean Fleming, Eric Gann, Dr. Rajeev Gopal, Peter Gulla, Aaron James, Rick Lober, Kim Murphy, Ramesh Ramaswamy, Dave Rehbehn, Arunas Slekys, Bob Stedman and the Hughes Pubs department. ©2018 Hughes Network Systems, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Hughes, HughesNet, JUPITER, and HughesON are trademarks of Hughes Network Systems, LLC

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