Casey's Chooses Hughes for Managed Broadband Services

Offering enables new IP-based applications

ANKENY, Iowa -- Casey's General Stores Inc. has selected Hughes Network Systems LLC (HNS), Germantown, Md., to provide managed broadband services to its 1,400 convenience store locations.

A current HNS customer, Casey's will upgrade to Hughes' managed broadband services, enabling it to take advantage of greater network efficiency and to deploy new IP-based applications.

Casey's initially considered moving to an all-terrestrial network solution; however, after weighing the benefits of HNS' combined terrestrial and satellite broadband [image-nocss] offering against its business needs, Casey's decided that a predominantly satellite solution was best suited to its operations.

Operating in nine Midwestern states, Ankeny, Iowa-based Casey's stores are in rural areas where terrestrial broadband options are limited. HNS' managed broadband services provide ubiquitous, site-optimized coverage at all 1,400 stores, regardless of geography, the technology company said.

HNS has provided Casey's with reliable network performance and excellent support for more than four years, making the move from our current network to their new managed broadband services an obvious choice, said Brad Heyer, Casey's vice president of information systems. We'll have a solid foundation from which to scale our network and to incorporate more bandwidth-intensive applications as we develop them.

Using managed broadband services from HNS, Casey's can conduct polling at each retail location, enhance customer service with improved business transactions and futureproof its network through flexible service offerings.

The managed broadband services selected by Casey's are enabled by HNS' new DW7700 router, which makes network scalability possible on a site-by-site basis, enterprise-wide. Service rollout began in December 2005.

Casey's stores are self-distributing, with locations in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Indiana.

HNS is a major provider of broadband satellite network solutions for businesses and consumers, with more than 850,000 systems ordered or shipped to customers in 85 countries. HNS pioneered the development of high-speed satellite Internet access services and IP-based networks, which it markets globally under the DIRECWAY brand. DIRECWAY terminals are based on the IPoS (IP over Satellite) global standard, approved by the TIA, ETSI, and ITU standards organizations. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hughes Communications Inc., which is wholly owned by SkyTerra Communications.