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MANNAI CHOOSES HUGHES TO PROVIDE VSATS FOR NETWORKS THROUGHOUT RUSSIA AND CIS

 MOSCOW, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- M-TEL, a Moscow-based telecommunications service operated by the Mannai Corporation, has chosen Hughes Network Systems of Germantown, Md., to provide satellite networking equipment for customers throughout the republics collectively known as the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), it was announced today.
 A supplier of private line telecommunications services to businesses within Russia and other countries of the CIS, M-TEL will begin offering satellite voice and data networking over Russia's Raduga C-band satellite in July. The initial $6 million order to Hughes consists of more than a dozen of 2.4 meter Telephony Earth Station (TES) terminals, as well as a TES Network Control System, a network management facility to be based in Moscow.
 As customers throughout the CIS sign on for the fully meshed, call- by-call service, M-TEL will deploy the terminals at customer premises to deliver instantaneously voice and data communications via a single satellite "hop." Aside from gaining private networking capabilities within the footprint of the satellite (which extends further than western satellites, covering most of Russia as well as Kazakhstan and the Baltic states), customers will gain access to the worldwide Public Switched Telephone Network via a PSTN gateway in Blavaand, Denmark. Thus, international calls can be placed without going through the central international switch in Moscow.
 According to Paul Gaske, vice president for the international satellite networks business group of Hughes Network Systems, the contract is the tangible result of close cooperation with Mannai. "We are pleased and honored to have been selected for this important project," said Gaske. "The Telephony Earth Station is an ideal solution to the unique problems faced by the CIS, namely, vast geographic territories and sparse telecommunications infrastructure. The potential for satellite networking in this region is virtually limitless."
 The TES network employs call-by-call, voice activated circuit switching over a satellite, enabling users to gain high quality voice and data connections to any other station on the network, as well as access to terrestrial network gateways located in major metropolitan areas. The demand-assigned features of the TES offer substantial cost savings over other transmission techniques, making deployment economically feasible even in areas of low population density or low demand.
 Tim O'Neill, general manager of M-TEL, said, "M-TEL fits perfectly with Mannai's other worldwide business interests, and with Hughes as a technology supplier, we are very confident and excited about participating in this expanding business sector."
 M-TEL is a Russian joint stock company owned and operated by the Mannai Corporation, along with MNPO ASTRA and SCEC, both well-known entities in the CIS satellite market.
 A world leader in digital telecommunications, Hughes Network Systems is the premier provider of interactive satellite terminals for voice, data, and video transmission. A key player in the emerging digital cellular marketplace, HNS provides the turnkey GMH 2000 digital cellular network as well as cellular subscriber products. The company also markets a full line of terrestrial data networking products deploying X.25, Frame Relay, and ATM standards. HNS is a subsidiary of Hughes Aircraft Company, a unit of GM Hughes Electronics. The earnings of GM Hughes are used to calculate the earnings per share of General Motors Class H Common Stock (NYSE: GMH).
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 /CONTACT: Judy Blake, 301-428-7113, or Alison Welles Snowden, 301-428-7111, both of Hughes Network Systems/
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