Sanmina-SCI Delivers 35 Millionth Set-Top Box Unit to EchoStar Communications Corporation

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Sanmina-SCI Corporation, a leading global electronics manufacturing services (EMS) company, today announced it has delivered the 35 millionth set-top box unit to EchoStar Technologies Corporation, a subsidiary of EchoStar Communications Corporation (Nasdaq: DISH), a licensee of direct broadcast satellite (DBS) television products and services. This milestone has been reached after more than a decade of mutual development and collaboration. The significant milestone was marked by a ceremony held at Sanmina-SCI's manufacturing operation in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Guadalajara, Mexico, earlier today.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

"This partnership clearly highlights Sanmina-SCI's commitment to its customers, and ability to successfully provide state-of-the-art products and services that translate into solid, long-term business relationships," said Marco Gonzalez, Senior Vice President, Mexico Operations for Sanmina-SCI. "Today's milestone exemplifies the type of business and level of customer service Sanmina-SCI has established. After more than ten years as a customer, our goal is to continue to exceed EchoStar's expectations in every engagement, and help ensure they remain competitive and viable today and in the future."

"Sanmina-SCI is a world-class organization and our partnership ensures EchoStar products are produced under the high-quality standards that our customers rely on," said Mark Jackson, President of EchoStar Technologies. "We are very pleased to achieve this significant milestone and to do so in conjunction with a leader like Sanmina-SCI."

EchoStar executives joined Sanmina-SCI executives and employees in Guadalajara, Mexico, to celebrate the milestone. A 35 millionth commemorative unit was presented to EchoStar to acknowledge the event and milestone.

Sanmina-SCI has more than 18 years of manufacturing experience in Guadalajara, Mexico, offering a complete array of services that include New Product Introduction (NPI), complete system-level build-to-order (BTO) and configure-to-order (CTO) manufacturing support, backplane and printed circuit board (PCB) assembly, high-volume manufacturing, enclosures manufacturing and assembly, logistics and distribution, and post-manufacturing repair/warranty solutions.

About Sanmina-SCI

Sanmina-SCI Corporation is a leading electronics contract manufacturer serving the fastest-growing segments of the global Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) market. Recognized as a technology leader, Sanmina-SCI provides end-to-end manufacturing solutions, delivering unsurpassed quality and support to OEMs primarily in the communications, defense and aerospace, industrial and medical instrumentation, multimedia and consumer, computer and server, and automotive technology sectors. Sanmina-SCI has facilities strategically located in key regions throughout the world. More information regarding the Company is available at

About EchoStar

EchoStar Communications Corporation serves more than 12.2 million satellite TV customers through its DISH Network(TM), the fastest growing U.S. provider of advanced digital television services in the last five years. DISH Network offers hundreds of video and audio channels, Interactive TV, HDTV, sports and international programming, together with professional installation and 24-hour customer service. Visit EchoStar's DISH Network at or call 1-800-333-DISH (3474).



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