Germantown company lands China deal Hughes Network signs with Anhui province


September 29, 1998|By Mark Ribbing | Mark Ribbing,SUN STAFF

Hughes Network Systems of Germantown signed an agreement yesterday to sell telecommunications equipment and services to the eastern Chinese province of Anhui.

Under the terms of the $13.5 million deal, Hughes will provide telephone, data-transmission and cable television service to the province.

Andrew M. Werth, president of Hughes Network Systems International, said the system will use cable television networks to carry voice and data messages as well as TV shows.

"In China, a lot of people have television but don't have telephones, so this is a very expedient technology," Werth said.

The Hughes system "allows the very efficient distribution of telephone service."

"This is an infrastructure for the future knowledge-based economy of the province," Lu Jiafeng, Anhui's vice governor, said through an interpreter.

"This system will be instrumental to our future economic growth."

Maryland Gov. Parris N. Glendening presided over yesterday's signing, which took place at a high-technology fair at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Before the signing, during a momentary break from campaign-season handshaking, Glendening said it is in Maryland's interests to solidify its trade ties with the world's most populous nation.

"It's particularly important, given the whole Asian crisis, that we continue to have a good market there," the governor said.

Glendening met with Anhui officials last year and dispatched a trade mission to China to drum up trade opportunities for Maryland businesses.

Pub Date: 9/29/98

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