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HughesNet vs. WildBlue

HughesNet is the leader in developing and delivering data services and Satellite Internet technology to home users, small to large businesses, and government agencies. With 30 years of satellite industry experience, HughesNet is America's #1 Satellite Internet service provider. Delivering high quality Satellite Internet technology, service and support at an affordable price, HughesNet the clear choice for your Home and Business Internet needs.


WildBlue   HughesNet
WildBlue System
HughesNet System

HughesNet vs. WildBlue Overview
  WildBlue HughesNet
Total satellite installations in United Sates 300,000+ 455,000+
Total satellite installations worldwide 300,000+ 1.9 million+
Number of operational satellites 2 13
Years providing Satellite Internet service 3+ years 13+ years
Years in business operation 6+ years 30+ years
Develops satellite and communication systems equipment and components No Yes
Owner and manager of Network Operations Centers (NOC) No Yes
Installation available nationwide No Yes
Proprietary network security and encryption infrastructure No Yes

Uses Internet Protocol Over Satellite standard (IPos) - a communication standard developed by Hughes that is optimized for satellite networks

No Yes
Uses DOCSIS - a communication standard developed for the architecture of land based cable networks Yes No
Limitation on number of computers connected to system Yes No
Dynamic IP Addressing (NAT) Yes Yes
Static IP Addressing option available No Yes
Minimum service commitment 24 months 24 months
Standard Warranty 24 months parts
90 days labor
24 months parts
6 months labor
Cost for standard warranty service calls within warranty period (Labor Cost) $95/hr after 90
days of service
Free
Fair Access Policy (FAP) restriction 30 day refresh+ 24 hour refresh++
Free shipping & delivery No Yes

HughesNet vs. WildBlue - Service Plan Comparison
  WildBlue HughesNet
Tier 1 service plan
- Equipment / Standard Installation
- Monthly cost
- Download speeds
- Upload speeds
Value Pak
$299.00*
$49.95
512 Kbps
128 Kbps
Home
$299.98 after rebate**
$59.99
1000 Kbps
128 Kbps
Tier 2 service plan
- Equipment / Standard Installation
- Monthly cost
- Download speeds
- Upload speeds
Select Pak
$299.00*
$69.95
1000 Kbps
200 Kbps
Pro
$299.98 after rebate**
$69.99
1200 Kbps
200 Kbps
Tier 3 service plan
- Equipment / Standard Installation
- Monthly cost
- Download speeds
- Upload speeds
Pro Pak
$299.00*
$79.95
1500 Kbps
256 Kbps
ProPlus
$299.98 after rebate**
$79.99
1600 Kbps
250 Kbps
Tier 4 service plan
- Equipment / Standard Installation
- Monthly cost
- Download speeds
- Upload speeds
Not Available
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Elite
$299.98 after rebate**
$119.99
2000 Kbps
300 Kbps
Tier 5 service plan
- Equipment / Standard Installation
- Monthly cost
- Download speeds
- Upload speeds
Not Available
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
ElitePlus
$299.98 after rebate**
$189.99
3000 Kbps
300 Kbps
* WildBlue system equipment and standard installation pricing shown after Free Installation promotion. The regular price of WildBlue standard installation is $179.95 and the regular cost of the WildBlue equipment is $299.00.
** HughesNet system equipment and standard installation pricing shown after $100 mail-in rebate. The regular price of HughesNet equipment and standard installation before rebate is $399.98.

Fair Access Policy (FAP)
+ WildBlue's Fair Access Policy (FAP) is based on a rolling 30 day limit on data usage per customer called a usage threshold. If you exceed the FAP threshold, your bandwidth (speed) will be reduced for the remainder of the 30 day period when your system quota refreshes and you are again within your limits. During this period, your bandwidth will be reduced to 28Kbps until your system refreshes.
++ HughesNet's Fair Access Policy (FAP) is based on a 24 hour period. If you exceed the Fair Access Policy threshold, your bandwidth (speed) will be reduced for a period of 24 hours. During this period, your bandwidth will be reduced to 56Kbps until your system refreshes.

HughesNet service and system data was compiled from www.hns.com and www.HughesNet.com as of 8/01/08. WildBlue service and system data was compiled from www.wildblue.com as of 8/01/08. For latest information on either service please refer to these websites.



About HughesNet

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 is a fully managed, nationwide broadband offering from Hughes that encompasses all broadband solutions, bridging the best of satellite and terrestrial technologies. Its broadband satellite products are based on the IPoS (IP over Satellite) global standard, approved by the TIA, ETSI, and ITU standards organizations. 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).

HNS has over 30 years experience in global operations, with over 455,000+ consumer and small business subscribers in the United States and 1.9 million systems world wide in over 100 countries. HughesNet is the secure Internet solution of choice for 36% of convenience stores nationwide with retail installations in over 50,000 gas station/convenience stores. According to the 2005 annual VSAT industry report prepared by Communications Systems Limited (COMSYS), HNS had a worldwide market share of 55% in 2004 based on the number of terminals shipped. HNS holds a Protection of Cardholder Information (PCI) Data Security certification; the standard developed by VISA and MasterCard to secure bankcard transactions, and maintains the largest managed communication services network to accommodate secure transaction processing. Independent auditing of the HNS network is conducted by the Internet Security firm Internet Security Systems (ISS).

HNSí invention of small satellite dishes, generally 1.8 meters or less wide, commonly known as very small aperture terminals, or VSATs, over 20 years ago enabled it to provide large enterprises highly reliable, end-to-end communications with guaranteed quality of service regardless of the number of sites or their geographic location. HNSí networks are used for a variety of applications such as Intranet and Internet access, voice services, connectivity to suppliers, franchisees and customers, credit authorization, inventory management, content delivery and video distribution. HNS often customizes the applications for particular markets.

HNS currently serves more than 200 large companies in the Fortune 1000, mainly in businesses which have numerous widely dispersed operating units like gas service stations, convenience stores, fast food franchises, automotive dealerships and retail stores. HNS leveraged its experience in these areas and adapted its technologies to service growing markets like small business and residential. HNS is currently the largest satellite broadband Internet access provider to consumers in North America, with approximately 455,000+ subscribers.

About WildBlue

WildBlue was founded as KaSTAR Satellite Communications in Colorado in April 1995. In May 1997, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) assigned WildBlue fixed-satellite service (FSS) licenses for 2 orbital locations. WildBlue launched its Internet service in June 2005 after gaining access to the U.S. capacity of Telesat Canada's Anik F2 telecommunications satellite which launched in July 2004. WildBlue's second satellite, WildBlue-1, was contracted to be built by Space Systems/Loral and was launched in early 2007. WildBlue-2 is in the process of being procured.

About Nationwide Satellite

Nationwide Satellite has been offering satellite Internet services from Hughes Network Systems since 1998. With thousands of residential and business customers installed from coast to coast, we have the knowledge and experience to help small businesses and consumers alike harness the full potential of the Internet.


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