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EchoStar Communications Corporation Nets 117,000 Customers in May 1999; DISH Network Extends Record For Customer Growth

LITTLETON, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 14, 1999--EchoStar Communications Corporation (Nasdaq:DISH) (Nasdaq:DISHP) announced today it added approximately 117,000 net new DISH Network customers in May 1999.

The additions bring DISH Network's total customer base to 2,492,000.

This marks the eighth consecutive month DISH Network has achieved customer growth of over 100,000 net additions and the first time a DBS company has achieved the 100,000 customer mark for eight consecutive months. For four months in 1999, DISH Network has captured more than 50 percent of the net new subscribers in the high-power DBS industry. DISH Network's additional 117,000 customers in May 1999 is a 105 percent increase over the 57,000 added in May 1998.

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CONTACT: EchoStar Communications Corporation, Littleton Judianne Atencio, 303/723-2010

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