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Date: Wed, 14 May 2003 18:10:24 -0500 (CDT)
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Subject: 15587: (Arthur) Telecom Haiti offers broadband services (fwd)


TELECOM Haiti Offers Hughes Network Systems’ DIRECWAY Broadband Services

Hughes Network Systems press release, 14 May 2003

DIRECWAY(R) Broadband Satellite Internet Access is Offered To a Variety of Customers Throughout Haiti

GERMANTOWN, Md., May 14 /PRNewswire/—Hughes Network Systems (HNS), the world’s leading provider of broadband satellite solutions, which it markets under the DIRECWAY(R) brand, announced today that TELECOM Haiti has signed a contract as a value-added provider offering DIRECWAY two-way, high-speed Internet access services to corporations, small businesses, educational institutions and consumers throughout Haiti.

Access to the Internet means access to knowledge and knowledge is the key to any serious attempt at development, stated Lionel Coupet, President of TELECOM Haiti. Our newest service, DIRECWAY offered by TELECOM Haiti, provides the easiest access to that knowledge in a country seriously handicapped by a lack of terrestrial infrastructure. This service is especially beneficial to schools and businesses in remote areas of the country where progress and development are most challenged. DIRECWAY opens up endless and exciting possibilities for a more hopeful and dynamic future.

DIRECWAY broadband by satellite services are available in either single user or LAN terminal configurations, with scalable grades of service, allowing enterprise customers to deploy a network solution tailored to their specific requirements and readily expandable as their business growth demands.

High-speed Internet access is a key tool to expanding opportunities for both enterprises and consumers in developing countries, said Emilio Cecchi, assistant vice president of HNS. Businesses of all sizes, as well as the educational and medical communities and consumers, all benefit from broadband connections to the Internet. HNS is pleased to have TELECOM Haiti as a value- added reseller bringing the benefits of DIRECWAY solutions to all of Haiti.

About Hughes Network Systems

Hughes Network Systems, Inc. (HNS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hughes Electronics Corporation (HUGHES), is the world’s leading provider of broadband satellite network solutions for businesses and consumers, with more than 500,000 systems ordered or shipped to customers in 85 countries. HNS pioneered the development of high-speed satellite Internet access services, which it markets globally under the DIRECWAY(R) brand. In addition, HNS is a leading manufacturer of DIRECTV(R) satellite television receivers, having shipped over 11 million to date.

Headquartered outside Washington, D.C. in Germantown, Maryland, USA, HNS maintains sales and support offices worldwide. The earnings of HUGHES, a unit of General Motors Corporation, are used to calculate the earnings attributable to the General Motors Class H common stock (NYSE: GMH). To learn more about HNS, please visit

About TELECOM Haiti

TELECOM Haiti has been providing two-way radio and telecommunications services with national network coverage in Haiti for over 15 years. In April 2003, TELECOM Haiti began providing a new service, HNS’ DIRECWAY(R) broadband satellite Internet access. This new service has had a remarkable entry in the market. The growing list of satisfied customers in Haiti includes NGOs (non- governmental organizations), corporations, small businesses, educational centers, Internet cafes and individual consumers.

TELECOM Haiti is located at 367, Route de Delmas in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. For more information, please visit