SOURCE: Primus Telecommunications

July 16, 2008 15:50 ET

Primus Offers HughesNet Broadband Satellite Service

Primus Selling Broadband Satellite Internet Service in Continental 48 States and Puerto Rico

MCLEAN, VA--(Marketwire - July 16, 2008) - Primus Telecommunications, Inc. today announced that it has executed an agreement with Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) to resell HughesNet® broadband satellite Internet service to Primus customers in the continental United States and Puerto Rico.

The agreement allows Primus to offer broadband services to all its small- and medium-sized business (SMB) customers, including those without access to landline broadband, such as cable and DSL, in their areas.

"Through this agreement with Hughes, Primus can now provide an alternative solution for customers who don't currently have broadband access," says Saradhi Vajja, vice president, Product Management and Chief Information Officer at Primus. "We now can provide broadband access to a larger market."

Primus began offering this service to customers on June 15th. "We are very excited about the opportunity to sell HughesNet broadband Internet service," says D.G. Gulati, president of Primus's U.S. Operations. "We look forward to reaching out to new customers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, as well as offering this service to our existing customer base in areas where terrestrial broadband service is not available. This service is being bundled with Primus's other services and billed on a single bill."

"We are excited to work with Primus to bring satellite broadband connectivity to their customers," said Mike Cook, senior vice president of Hughes. "As a premier provider of telecommunications solutions, Primus provides a significant expansion in our distribution, strengthening our ability to bring broadband services to businesses -- wherever they are located."

About Primus Telecommunications, Inc.

Primus Telecommunications, Inc. represents the U.S. and Caribbean operations of its parent, Primus Telecommunications Group, Incorporated (OTCBB: PRTL), an integrated facilities-based communications services provider offering international and domestic voice, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), Internet, wireless, data, and hosting services to business and residential retail customers and other carriers located primarily in the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and western Europe. Primus provides services over its global network of owned and leased transmission facilities, including approximately 500 points-of-presence (POPs) throughout the world, ownership interests in undersea fiber optic cable systems, 18 carrier-grade international gateway and domestic switching systems, and a variety of operating relationships that allow it to deliver traffic worldwide. Founded in 1994, Primus is based in McLean, VA.

About Hughes Network Systems

Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) is the global leader in providing broadband satellite networks and services for large enterprises, governments, small businesses, and consumers. HughesNet encompasses all broadband solutions and managed services from Hughes, bridging the best of satellite and terrestrial technologies. Its broadband satellite products are based on global standards approved by the TIA, ETSI and ITU standards organizations, including IPoS/DVB-S2, RSM-A and GMR-1. To date, Hughes has shipped more than 1.5 million systems to customers in over 100 countries.

Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland, USA, Hughes maintains sales and support offices worldwide. Hughes is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hughes Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: HUGH). For additional information, please visit

Hughes and HughesNet are registered trademarks of Hughes Network Systems, LLC.

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