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April 5, 2009

Hughes signs agreement with SkyTerra and TerreStar

To develop a software to power the satellite capability in SkyTerra's and TerreStar Network's integrated device chipsets

By CBR Staff Writer

Hughes Network Systems, a provider of broadband satellite networks and services, has signed an agreement to develop and implement software that will power the satellite capability in SkyTerra’s and TerreStar Network’s next-generation integrated device chipsets.

This software is expected to enable the GMR1-3G satellite air interface standard to run side-by-side with cellular standards in a commercially available, software-defined radio (SDR) chipset being developed for SkyTerra and TerreStar Networks by Infineon Technologies, said Hughes.

With the software being developed by Hughes, a single SDR chip system is expected to be readily programmed to operate on a variety of cellular standards such as GSM, GPRS, EDGE, WCDMA, HSDPA, and HSUPA, while also providing satellite connectivity via the global GMR1-3G standard.

Graham Avis, vice president and general manager of mobile satellite terminals for Hughes, said: Hughes is proud to be associated with SkyTerra and TerreStar, both innovative mobile service providers, in developing the software for this integrated cellular phone chipset. We share in their vision to deliver universal wireless services to consumers and public safety markets utilizing the best of satellite and cellular technologies.

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