Hughes Network Systems Awarded Thuraya Handset Contract
Hughes Network Systems, a Germantown, Md.-based broadband satellite unit of Hughes Electronics [NYSE: GMH], has signed a contract with UAE- based Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications for the design and supply of 100,000 mobile satellite handsets. This is a follow-on order to the original supply contract for 235,000 units in 2001, which are being sold throughout Thuraya’s mobile satellite service area covering Europe, North and Central Africa, the Middle East, and Central and South Asia. Licensed service providers in over 100 countries currently offer Thuraya handsets. Production of the new handsets will begin in the first quarter of 2004.