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 GERMANTOWN, Md., Nov. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Hughes Network Systems, Inc. (HNS), a unit of GM Hughes Electronics, today announced that it has been awarded a major contract by BellSouth Cellular Corp. for the provision of cellular networking equipment.
 Under terms of the multi-year agreement, HNS will deploy its GMH 2000(TM) cellular network in more than 50 markets in the southeastern United States. The major markets include the cities of Orlando and Jacksonville, Fla.; Birmingham and Mobile, Ala.; Memphis and Nashville, Tenn.; Richmond, Va.; and New Orleans. The network will initially serve several hundred thousand BellSouth customers in the Southeast. Installation will begin immediately.
 According to Rick Clawson, vice president of engineering and operations for BellSouth Cellular: "HNS was chosen because the GMH 2000 supports both analog and digital voice transmission over the same network, making it one of the most advanced, flexible systems on the market today. It was a key factor that the network can operate in analog as well as TDMA and E-TDMA modes, with the potential to support CDMA in the future."
 A key component of the GMH 2000 is its advanced Mobile Switching Center (MSC), incorporating the Alcatel 1000 S12 fully distributed switching system, capable of supporting IS41-B and SS7 intersystem functionality. Designed to distribute its functions throughout the elements of the switching fabric, rather than under central control, the Alcatel 1000 S12 exhibits high robustness in reliability and survivability. Its modular configuration allows incremental growth in both capacity and capability without hardware obsolescence. In addition, the network platform can be seamlessly enhanced with Cellular Digital Packet Data (CDPD) capability to support the industry's coming wave of mobile data transmission services.
 Radio subsystem components of the GMH 2000 include the Base Station Controller (BSC), Base Transceiver Station (BTS) and Operations and Maintenance Center (OMC). As an industry first, the BTS offers common transceiver hardware of all radio functions, which are software- configurable for optimum flexibility. The OMC provides overall system monitoring and control through the use of user-friendly windows and graphic screens. Its progressive design is a forerunner of the network management systems of the future.
 Pradeep Kaul, executive vice president of HNS, commented: "Hughes is very pleased to provide BellSouth Cellular with the GMH 2000 Cellular Network System. The latest technology has been deployed in the network to meet the current needs of the marketplace while providing a flexible platform for the next generation of enhanced wireless services."
 Said Peter Landsberg, general manager for Alcatel SEL Public Switching Systems in Germany: "Alcatel is, of course, delighted to be playing a key role in providing BellSouth with a highly reliable and essentially `future-safe' mobile cellular communications system. We are confident that the service and features provided by both the radio and switching components will meet or exceed the expectations of BellSouth's customers -- who we consider to be our customers, as well."
 Stan Hamm, group president for BellSouth Mobile Systems, commented, "We are confident that the broad functionality of the Hughes GMH 2000 system will serve us well as we move forward to the next generation of wireless communication functions and features."
 HNS Chairman and CEO Jack Shaw said, "We are proud to have been selected for this very important program. BellSouth Cellular is a premier U.S. cellular operator, and we look forward to a long and mutually rewarding relationship as part of the BellSouth team."
 A world leader in digital and satellite communications, HNS is the top provider of interactive Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSATs) for voice data and video transmission. The company is currently implementing high-capacity wireless telephone networks in Russia and the People's Republic of China and has been awarded multiple domestic contracts for CDPD, a digital packet data overlay technology for cellular networks. HNS markets a full line of terrestrial data networking products including packet switching, frame relay and ATM technologies. HNS is a subsidiary of Hughes Aircraft Company, a unit of GM Hughes Electronics. Earnings of GM Hughes are used to calculate the earnings per share of General Motors Class H Common Stock (NYSE: GMH).
 BellSouth Cellular Corp. companies serve more than 1.8 million customers in markets managed by BellSouth and its partners in 15 states.
 Headquartered in Europe, Alcatel is the single largest supplier of telecommunications equipment in the world. With approximately $20 billion in annual sales, the company's core business areas include switching and line transmission, radio communications, telecommunications cable, business systems and transport automation. Alcatel SEL, a subsidiary headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, reported 1992 revenues of over $3.5 billion. Parent company Alcatel Alsthom trades on the NYSE as ALA.N.
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 /CONTACT: Judy Blake, 301-428-7113, or Alison Welles Snowden, 301-428-7111, or fax, 301-428-2818, both of Hughes Network Systems; Nicole Lipson of BellSouth Cellular, 404-604-6493; or Ernst Eidenberger of Alcatel, 011-33-1-46-52-4252/

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