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Rivada Mercury Adds Satellite Powerhouse Hughes to Team for Public Safety Initiative
[August 17, 2016]

Rivada Mercury Adds Satellite Powerhouse Hughes to Team for Public Safety Initiative

Rivada Networks announced today that it has teamed with Hughes (News - Alert) Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) to provide satellite services to Rivada Mercury, LLC. Rivada Mercury, LLC is an American company formed by Rivada Networks, Harris Corp., Nokia (News - Alert), Fujitsu Network Communications, and Black & Veatch in order to propose building FirstNet's nationwide public safety broadband network. Hughes is now part of some two dozen leading telecommunications firms that have teamed together to offer FirstNet a purpose-built, sustainable and affordable network for our nation's emergency services personnel.

"When we announced the formation of Rivada Mercury in June, we said we would disclose additional partners over time. Hughes has been working closely with us all year on Rivada Mercury's FirstNet bid. We couldn't be happier to have them on our team," said Rivada Networks co-CEO Declan Ganley.

In May, Rivada Mercury submitted its bid to build out FirstNet's national public-safety broadband network. FirstNet expects to make an award by November 1, 2016.

"Hughes is delighted to be chosen as a member of the Rivada Mercury FirstNet public safety broadband team," said Paul Gaske, Executive Vice President at Hughes. "As the global leader in satellite technology and services, Hughes looks forward to help design and implement the highest level of network availability and resiliency while extending cost-effective cverage to remote and rural areas. Utilizing our nationwide Hughes satellite broadband infrastructure will enable Rivada to provide uniformly high quality service to first responders everywhere."

Rivada Mercury brought together the expertise, financial stability and sustainable business model that will subsidize the cost of building and operating FirstNet's nationwide broadband network. That network will use state-of-the-art tools and a proven approach that leverages existing partner infrastructure to speed deployment and reduce cost.

About Rivada Networks

Rivada Networks is a leading designer, integrator and operator of wireless, interoperable communications networks. Rivada's technology, Dynamic Spectrum (News - Alert) Arbitrage-Tiered Priority Access (DSATPA), allows wireless broadband capacity to be dynamically bought and sold in a fully competitive on demand process to competing commercial entities. DSATPA is a game changer for the way in which spectrum is consumed, maximizing the efficiency of radio spectrum bandwidth and unlocking the potential for more extensive, higher capacity broadband networks.

About Hughes Network Systems (News - Alert)

Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes) is the global leader in satellite broadband for home and office, delivering innovative solutions and a comprehensive suite of HughesON™ managed services for enterprises and governments worldwide. HughesNet® is the #1 high-speed satellite Internet service in the marketplace, with offerings to suit every budget. To date, Hughes has shipped more than 5 million systems to customers in over 100 countries, representing approximately 50 percent market share. Its products employ global standards approved by the TIA (News - Alert), ETSI and ITU organizations, including IPoS/DVB-S2, RSM-A, and GMR-1.

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 and digital TV solutions. For additional information about Hughes, please visit

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