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MONTGOMERY WARD & CO. SELECTS HUGHES FOR NATIONWIDE SATELLITE NETWORK

 GERMANTOWN, Md., March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Chicago-based retailer Montgomery Ward & Co. has awarded a multimillion-dollar contract for satellite networking equipment and services to Hughes Network Systems, Inc. The contract culminates a two-year effort that included a multi-site pilot program to test a variety of key telecommunications applications.
 Under terms of the agreement, Hughes will install a Personal Earth Station very small aperture terminal (VSAT) unit atop each of Montgomery Ward's 350 locations nationwide. The VSATs, a mere 1 or 1.2 meters in diameter, will effectively replace terrestrial long- distance phone lines for much of the company's telecommunications needs, beaming encoded data from each location to a Hughes satellite hovering 23,000 feet above the earth. There, the signals will be relayed to a hub earth station located outside Ward's headquarters in Chicago and routed to the company's nearby data center.
 The new network will support key operations such as check and credit authorization, inventory management, sales volume reporting, and pricing changes. In-store music broadcasts may also be added at a later date.
 Said Bernard F. Brennan, chairman and CEO of Montgomery Ward & Co.: "We selected Hughes as the vendor most capable of helping Montgomery Ware achieve its goal of prominence in retailing through attention to customer satisfaction. The advanced technology offered by the Hughes network will help to ensure efficient and cost- effective operations."
 Jack Shaw, chairman and CEO of Hughes Network Systems, hailed the contract as a landmark in the retail industry. "We are pleased to have been selected by this prestigious retailer for an advanced, nationwide satellite network. We look forward to a long and rewarding relationship with Montgomery Ward."
 Network rollout is scheduled to begin immediately, with completion targeted for 4th quarter, 1993, in time to support the retailer's ever-increasing holiday season sales.
 Hughes Personal Earth Station networks comprise a two-way interactive system that provides telecommunications between a central hub facility and a virtually unlimited number of remote terminals. Operating with either a dedicated network hub or shared facility, the network supports high-speed data transmission, as well as voice telephony and broadcast-quality video. The system is ideal for replacing or expanding existing networks, providing higher quality, lower cost communications through the elimination of leased lines and local connections.
 Hughes Network Systems is a world leader in advanced digital telecommunications. The premier provider of interactive VSATs, HNS offers communications network solutions that include the Gemini earth station, Telephony Earth Station and InTELEconference videoconferencing system. In addition, HNS features STRATEGY Intelligent Networking Solutions and digital cellular telephone equipment and switching technologies. Headquartered near Washington, HNS is a subsidiary of Hughes Aircraft Company, a unit of GM Hughes Electronics. Trading in Class H common stock of General Motors (NYSE: GMH) relates to the financial performance of GM Hughes Electronics.
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 /NOTE: Gemini, Telephony Earth Station, InTELEconference and STRATEGY are trademarks./
 /CONTACT: Judy Blake, 301-428-7113, or Alison Welles, 301-428-7111, or fax, 301-428-2818, both of Hughes Network Systems/
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