Calian's Systems Engineering Division Wins Multi-Million Dollar Contract with Hughes Network Systems

Thursday, March 29, 2001

Calian's Systems Engineering Division Wins Multi-Million Dollar Contract with Hughes Network Systems

Kanata, Ontario, March 29, 2001  -  Calian ( TSE.CTY ) is pleased to announce that its Systems Engineering Division has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract from Hughes Network Systems (HNS) of Germantown, Maryland.


Under the terms of the HNS contract, Calian's System Engineering Division will provide the Radio Frequency Subsystem (RFS) for the Inmarsat Mobile Broadband Programme. The RFS provides the transmission and reception of RF signals between the ground-based Satellite Access System and the regional satellite, and comprises a 13m antenna, RF equipment, power calibration equipment, and monitor and control system. On-site installation of the RFS is planned for January 2002.


Inmarsat's new service, planned for launch in 2002, uses leased capacity on the Thuraya satellite. According to Inmarsat, this new service means Inmarsat can start to deliver broadband data services via satellite to their customers in advance of the next generation Inmarsat I-4 satellite system planned for 2004. The new service provided over the Thuraya satellite system will support data rates of up to 144 kbit/s.


Hughes Network Systems (HNS), a unit of HUGHES Electronics Corporation, is a world leader in broadband, satellite, mobile and wireless communications technologies and services. Through its innovative ground- and satellite-based communications networks, HNS is setting the standard for the next generation of business and consumer broadband communications. Headquartered in Maryland, USA, with more than 30 facilities and sales offices around the world, HNS employs nearly 6000 people and operates manufacturing facilities in Maryland, California, Mexico, the United Kingdom and India.


HUGHES Electronics Corporation is a world-leading provider of digital television entertainment, broadband services, satellite-based private business networks, and global video and data broadcasting. HUGHES is a unit of General Motors Corporation. The earnings of HUGHES are used to calculate the earnings per share attributable to the General Motors Class H common stock (NYSE:GMH).


This contract marks the first time SED has worked with Hughes Network Systems, according to Ray Basler, President of the Systems Engineering Division. "We are extremely pleased to add HNS to our growing list of customers who are the pre-eminent companies in the global satellite industry," said Basler. Calian's Systems Engineering Division is known for its expertise in RF and test systems that it has supplied to satellite manufacturers, operators and service providers worldwide for over 35 years.


About SED

Calian's Systems Engineering Division's mission is to provide the satellite industry with the rapid delivery of dependable, flexible systems and services that fully satisfy customers' needs in testing, operating and managing their satellite systems. The Systems Engineering Division product lines include In-orbit Test, Satellite Spectrum Monitoring, and Telemetry, Tracking and Command Systems, as well as Satellite Gateways, Network Management Systems and Up-link Stations. Customers include major satellite manufacturers, operators and service providers worldwide. Contract manufacturing services are provided to customers in the local and national markets.

About Calian

With annual revenues of more than $125 Million, Calian is a leading provider of technology and professional services in Canada. Leveraging its tremendous resource base, Calian's resourcing group assists its customers by providing them with recruiting and placement services as well as strategic long-term outsourcing services. Calian's Systems Engineering group provides leading-edge communications infrastructures to the telecommunications and government sectors and its eServices group provides information technology consulting services.


For further information, please contact:


Ren Oickle
Manager, Corporate Communications
Calian
Telephone: (613) 599-8600


Greg Strong
President & CEO
Right Turn Communications
Telephone: (613) 850-1900

 

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