mu Space, SES Networks and Hughes to Provide Broadband Access to Rural Thailand

Satellite-based broadband access will help to bridge digital divide
among the rural and underserved communities of Thailand

GERMANTOWN, Md. & LUXEMBOURG & BANGKOK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rural communities of Thailand will soon be able to enjoy reliable
satellite-based broadband services delivered by mu Space Corp using SES
Networks’ satellite capacity and the JUPITER™ System from Hughes
Networks Systems (Hughes), announced SES today.


mu Space is a Thai space technology startup which aims to provide
satellite services that are affordable, easy-to-install and offer
widespread coverage. By contracting capacity on SES satellites – SES-8
and SES-12 once it is launched – and using the Hughes’ JUPITER System,
mu Space will be improving quality of life for Thailand’s citizens by
providing reliable and affordable satellite-based broadband for telecom
providers and businesses in Thailand.

According to Thailand’s telecom
industry database
, only 12% or about 8.3 million of the country’s 69
million population currently has access to broadband. Recognising its
importance in social and economic development, the Thai government has
launched several initiatives, including a National
Broadband Policy
and a new economic model Thailand
4.0
with the goals to increase broadband penetration to 95% of the
Thai population by 2020 and to transform the country into an
innovation-driven economy.

“At mu Space, our mission is to deliver nationwide and reliable
connectivity to everyone in Thailand in order to improve the quality of
life of the local people. As such, we have been searching for the ideal
partners to ensure that we can deliver reliable broadband services at
the right price point. Together with the global experience of SES
Networks and Hughes, we are confident of the high service quality that
we will jointly deliver in Thailand,” said James Yenbamroong, founder
and CEO at mu Space.

“In rural and underserved areas, satellite is the best solution for
broadband access as it’s much more affordable and faster to deploy
compared to land-based internet infrastructure,” said Imran Malik, Vice
President, Fixed Data, Asia-Pacific at SES Networks. “We are honoured
that mu Space has selected SES Networks as their partner of choice in
bridging the digital divide in Thailand and are thrilled at the chance
to empower Thai citizens with unlimited opportunities to improve their
lives.”

“In ex-urban and rural communities, terrestrial networks are difficult
to roll out and costly, contrasted by the new generation of satellites
and access technologies which bring affordable access to people anywhere
cross continent-wide coverage areas,” said Ramesh Ramaswamy, senior vice
president and general manager, International at Hughes. “We are excited
that SES Networks has chosen our JUPITER System and look forward to
working with them and mu Space to deliver on their mission of bringing
broadband to everyone in Thailand.”

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About mu Space

mu Space is a satellite and space technology startup founded in 2017.
The company develops satellite communication technologies to accelerate
the adoption of Internet of Things devices and smart cities. It plans to
launch its own satellite in 2020 using Blue Origin’s New Glenn space
vehicle and to lead space tourism in Asia-Pacific. Read more: www.muspacecorp.com

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 North America and Brazil. 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 www.hughes.com

About EchoStar

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

About SES

SES is the world-leading satellite operator and the first to deliver a
differentiated and scalable GEO-MEO offering worldwide, with more than
50 satellites in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and 12 in Medium Earth
Orbit (MEO). SES focuses on value-added, end-to-end solutions in two key
business units: SES Video and SES Networks. The company provides
satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet
service providers, mobile and fixed network operators, governments and
institutions. SES’s portfolio includes ASTRA, O3b and MX1, a leading
media service provider that offers a full suite of innovative digital
video and media services. SES is listed on the Euronext Paris and
Luxembourg Stock Exchange (ticker: SESG). Further information available
at: www.ses.com

Contacts

SES
Markus Payer, +352 710 725 500
Corporate Communications &
PR
Markus.Payer@ses.com
or
Hughes
Network Systems, LLC
Dan Brown, 1-301-601-7216
Corporate
Communications
Dan.brown@hughes.com
or
mu
Space
Philip Nalangan, +66 80 4580219
Director of
Communications and Media
philip.n@muspacecorp.com