Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) today announced the launch of a new high-quality, cost-effective phone service for small business customers in the U.S. as a new feature of its HughesNet® Business Internet program. HughesNet is the market’s leading satellite Internet service, providing small businesses nationwide reliable Internet and voice services regardless of where they are located.

The new HughesNet Voice offering gives small business customers unlimited Voice over IP (VoIP) calling in the U.S. and Canada for up to 45 percent savings over traditional landline services. Included in the feature-rich package is call waiting, caller ID, call forwarding, call block, simultaneous ring, and voicemail. VoIP service does not affect performance of the customers’ high-speed satellite Internet connection.

“With HughesNet Voice, we are bringing our years of experience delivering high-quality VoIP services to the small business market,” said Mike Cook, senior vice president, Hughes Network Systems. “HughesNet Voice delivers fully featured calling services to businesses regardless of where they are located, enabling them to stay connected with customers, partners and suppliers.”

HughesNet Voice is an optional service that can be added to any of the HughesNet Business Internet service packages. HughesNet Voice is available immediately and can be purchased either month to month, or on a two-year plan commitment. Customers also have a choice of two international calling options, one for 200 minutes per month and one for unlimited minutes. Activation, voice equipment and setup are free for new customers.

Current HughesNet Business Internet customers can contact customer care at 1-888-347-3272 to order Business Voice service.

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About Hughes Network Systems

Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes) is the global leader in satellite broadband for home and office, delivering innovative solutions and a comprehensive suite of HughesON™ managed services for enterprises and governments worldwide. HughesNet® is the #1 high-speed satellite Internet service in the marketplace, with offerings to suit every budget. To date, Hughes has shipped more than 5 million systems to customers in over 100 countries, representing approximately 50 percent market share. Its products employ global standards approved by the TIA, ETSI and ITU organizations, including IPoS/DVB-S2, RSM-A, and GMR-1.

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 and digital TV solutions. For additional information about Hughes, please visit

About EchoStar

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