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Cedar Telecommunications Limited and Hughes Network Systems Europe launch “StreamBeam” the first Europe-wide 2-way Broadband Internet Service

Cedar Telecommunications Limited is collaborating with the Hughes Network
Systems (HNS) European satellite services organisation, HOT
Telecommunications, to deliver the first two way broadband satellite service
across Europe called StreamBeam

As the leading telecommunications provider in Europe, HOT is providing
satellite bandwidth services and equipment which will enable Cedar to
deliver a full range of Broadband Internet Services, StreamBeam with
particular emphasis on remote areas not served by ADSL (asynchronous digital
subscriber lines). Estimates are that in the UK alone 46% of subscribers
cannot access ADSL services *

“Significant numbers of businesses requiring broadband access have not been
able to obtain such services from the traditional suppliers of
telecommunications services,” explained Stuart Firth, CEO of Cedar
Telecommunications, a subsidiary of the global consulting, applications, and
outsourcing firm Cedar Group Plc. “With StreamBeam everyone will have
access to broadband regardless of their location. Our offer is an entirely
scaleable service and we cater for single users through to large enterprises
requiring broadband LAN infrastructures.”

Several companies have announced an intention to, launch a satellite
broadband service but no company has provided a turnkey solution that caters
for every eventuality both geographically and performance wise. StreamBeam
costs £600 to set up and from £180 for access per month.

Through their relationship with HOT Telecommunications, Cedar has clearly
stolen a lead on other pretenders to the satellite broadband market.

“Hughes are without doubt the world leaders in Broadband Satellite
Technology having invented two way satellite systems many years ago” said
Firth “ Their partnerships with AOL, Juno and Earthlink in the US proves
they are the company with the best technology and number one globally in
Broadband Internet Access”.

Clearly the UK market is ready for, and eagerly awaiting the arrival of, a
broadband solution that everyone can access. This point has been clearly
noted in recent UK government reports, not least “Connecting Scotland” and
“UK on line: the broadband future” as well as the work undertaken by the
Department of Public Enterprise (DoPE) in the Republic of Ireland.
The latter clearly identifies satellite as the only cost effective solution
for rural areas.

Cedar insists that its offering is not just suitable for rural areas. Said
Firth: “There is no doubt that rural areas will immediately benefit by our
service as it is available to them now however we are not directing our
attentions purely at this market.”

Cedar, working with the DoPE in Ireland, provided a pilot service for the
provision of Broadband Internet Services to rural communities and recently
installed a system in a school located on the remote Clare Island off the
west coast of Ireland. ADSL, the telecommunications product that provides
broadband access on fixed wire, is a competitively priced product, although
not generally available having serious limitations regarding the distance
the user can be situated from a supporting telephone exchange.

“What ADSL has done however is to set an expectation of both price and
availability,” said Firth. “Cedar has met that level of expectation with its
entry level service whereas on higher performance services Cedar offer a
significantly lower cost than current ADSL offerings. Cedar’s Broadband
Satellite Services are available now for all users situated anywhere across

Cedar is currently entering into reseller agreements with European ISPs who
wish to offer its broadband service to their clients.

HOT Telecommunications appear equally enthused by the relationship. Philip
Austin, Vice President of Business Development said: “Our work with
innovative companies such as Cedar Telecommunications demonstrates our
continued dedication to providing broadband Internet access by satellite.
Hughes technology is generally accepted as the industry standard for this
type of service.”

Austin’s statement is supported by the recently released 2001 COMSYS report,
which identified Hughes as dominating the global VSAT market in 2000 –
garnering almost 70% of all worldwide orders for VSAT satellite
communications systems

About Cedar Telecommunications

Cedar Telecommunications Limited, a subsidiary of Cedar Group plc. operates
from its European Headquarters in Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Ireland and has
offices in the UK (Cobham), France (Paris) as well as in Germany (Munich).
CTL operates full support services for their network, including support from
a 100-seat Call Centre, from their building in Castlebar.
CTL provides the network for the recently announced Carousel Leisure
initiative. This network provides the technical infrastructure that supports
Carousel Leisure’s bingo game provided in conjunction with the CIU in the

About Hughes Network Systems

Hughes Network Systems, a unit of Hughes Electronics Corporation, is the
world’s largest provider of broadband satellite network solutions for
businesses and consumers, with over 400,000 systems installed in more than
85 countries. HNS pioneered the development of high-speed satellite
Internet access services, which it markets globally under the DirecPC® and
DIRECWAY™ brands, and is a major supplier of mobile satellite networks and
user terminals. For terrestrial access, it offers the comprehensive AIReach®
family of broadband wireless, point-to-multipoint products. In addition,
HNS is a leading manufacturer of DIRECTV® satellite television receivers,
having shipped its 7 millionth system by mid 2001. Headquartered in
Germantown, Maryland, USA, HNS maintains sales and support offices
worldwide. The earnings of HUGHES, a unit of General Motors Corporation,
are used to calculate the earnings per share attributable to the General
Motors Class H common stock (NYSE: GMH).

About HNS Europe

Hughes Network Systems Europe is the HNS operating and sales organisation
for the European market. It is headquartered in Rome, Italy and maintains
additional facilities in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and the Czech
Republic. Through its subsidiary, HOT Telecommunications, it provides
satellite service across Europe. HOT operates two satellite hub earth
stations and network operations centres – one in Milton Keynes, UK and one
in Griesheim, Germany. HOT develops, installs and maintains corporate
networks offering services such as interactive data via satellite, broadband
Internet access for ISPs, two-way business television, broadcast video,
micro advertising, as well as interactive distance learning.

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