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Nuovo accordo commerciale tra Skylogic e Sat2way

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EUTELSAT ANNOUNCES NEW CONTRACT BETWEEN SKYLOGIC AND FRENCH INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER SAT2WAY FOR TOOWAY™ NEW-GENERATION BROADBAND VIA KA-SAT

Paris, April 4, 2011

Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) today announced a new contract between its Skylogic broadband subsidiary and the French Internet service provider Sat2Way for distribution, from mid-2011, of the Tooway™ new-generation broadband service on the KA-SAT satellite. The agreement builds on a long-term collaboration, since early 2008, when Sat2Way launched the first-generation Tooway™ service using Ka-band capacity on Eutelsat’s HOT BIRD™ 6 satellite.

The four-year contract, worth an initial €4 million, allows Sat2Way to offer a range of Tooway™ packages with broadband speeds of up to 10 Mbps.

With over 3,000 subscription requests registered in the first two weeks of pre-sales efforts for the next generation Tooway™ service, Sat2Way expects to exceed its objectives. According to the latest analysis by IDATE, approximately 400,000 French homes, that are mainly located in rural and suburban areas, are not eligible for ADSL, highlighting the potential of satellite broadband in Sat2Way’s home market.

 Welcoming the new partnership with Eutelsat, Stéphane Ruelle, founder of Sat2Way, said: “We have consistently believed in the market for satellite Internet and are convinced that consumer broadband services using Ka-band frequencies represent a compelling offer. Sat2Way selected Tooway™ as soon as it was available because Skylogic proposed a long-term strategy, using HOT BIRD™ 6 in advance of KA-SAT. The economic model of KA-SAT now positions us to offer a highly competitive range of broadband services to consumers in France, Belgium, and Spain who are unable to access the Internet via terrestrial networks.” 

 Arduino Patacchini, CEO of Skylogic added: “We are  delighted with the extension of our commercial agreement with Sat2Way, a longstanding partner and one of the top 10 distributors of Tooway™ in Europe. This new contract, and the interest that our new service is already generating, is further proof of the demand for competitive, high speed satellite broadband services across Europe, and the viability of our KA-SAT programme.”

 Launched in December 2010, and with total capacity of more than 70 Gbps, KA-SAT will usher in a new era of competitively-priced satellite-delivered services for homes and businesses across Europe and the Mediterranean Basin. KA-SAT uses next-generation two-way wireless Ka-band spotbeam technology, which lowers the cost of providing high-bandwidth access to the Internet. The complete KA-SAT infrastructure, comprising the satellite and a network of eight gateways across Europe connected to the Internet via a fibre backbone ring, will enter service in mid-2011.

The user equipment for Tooway™ comprises a small satellite dish and a modem connected to the PC via the Ethernet, giving immediate and always-on Internet access following simple installation. The service can also deliver Voice over IP, and Direct-to-Home television.

Tooway™ is delivered across Europe via a network of certified distributors who have the flexibility to offer packages for consumers, home workers and businesses with speeds, volumes and prices to match their local market demands.

Sat2Way offers are available at: www.sat2way.fr/home/nos-offres/

For more about Tooway™: www.tooway.com

Skylogic e skyDSL Global: accordo per servizi internet a banda larga con il satellite KA-SAT di Eutelsat.

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Skylogic, the broadband subsidiary of Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL), and skyDSL Global GmbH, a European pioneer of satellite Internet services, announce the extension of their longstanding partnership with an initial five-year contract amounting to €3 million enabling skyDSL to market the next-generation Tooway™ service provided by KASAT, Eutelsat’s powerful new High Throughput Satellite.

Using the skyDSL2+ brand, skyDSL will offer consumers and small businesses download speeds of up to 10 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 4 Mbps via its sales channels. skyDSL2+ will be available in mid 2011 with KA-SAT’s entry into service and will be provided on an international basis in Germany, Spain, France, Italy and Ireland.

With over 10 years experience in delivering satellite Internet access to users beyond range of terrestrial networks, skyDSL has built a European sales network and an evolving broadband product portfolio for consumers and small businesses.

Jan Hesse, Managing Director of skyDSL Global GmbH, commented on the new agreement: “We are proud to extend our collaboration with Skylogic and to raise our level of performance with the new-generation broadband service made possible by the KA-SAT satellite infrastructure. We welcome Eutelsat’s move to a High Throughput Satellite which changes the paradigm for Internet by satellite. skyDSL has already initiated pre-sales activities and we
are set on contributing to closing the digital divide in our target European markets with
compelling services and pricing.”

Arduino Patacchini, CEO of Skylogic responded: “As a seasoned provider of satellite-based Internet services, skyDSL Global’s choice of our technology gives us further confidence in the potential of KA-SAT to deliver innovative broadband solutions for consumers and businesses. We look forward to continued collaboration so that users beyond range terrestrial infrastructure are not excluded from the significant benefits of broadband.”

Launched in December 2010, and with total capacity of more than 70 Gbps, KA-SAT will usher in a new era of competitively-priced satellite-delivered services for homes and businesses across Europe and the Mediterranean Basin. KA-SAT uses next-generation twoway wireless Ka-band spotbeam technology, which lowers the cost of providing high-bandwidth access to the Internet. The complete KA-SAT infrastructure, comprising the satellite and a network of eight gateways across Europe connected to the Internet via a fibre backbone ring, will enter service in mid-2011.

The user equipment for Tooway™ comprises a small satellite dish and a modem connected to the PC via the Ethernet, giving immediate and always-on Internet access following simple installation. The service can also deliver Voice over IP, and Direct-to-Home television.

Tooway™ is delivered across Europe via a network of certified distributors who have the flexibility to offer packages for consumers, home workers and businesses with speeds, volumes and prices to match their local market demands.

Nuovo partner per la banda larga via satellite in Germania.

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Skylogic, the broadband subsidiary of Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL), and Sat Internet Services GmbH today sealed a distribution agreement for broadband services using the powerful KA-SAT High Throughput Satellite. The initial three-year broadband utility contract, worth more than €5million, will enable Sat Internet Services to market Eutelsat‘s next generation Tooway™ service to users across Germany. The innovative service, offering download speeds of up to 10 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 4 Mbps, will be available mid-2011 with the entry into service of Eutelsat’s KA-SAT satellite.

There is a significant market opportunity for satellite broadband in Germany: according to figures published by industry analysts of TÜV Rheinland at this month’s CeBIT convention, approximately 770 000 German homes have no broadband access. Up to a further four million homes are constrained by a 2 Mbps service.

Commenting on the selection of Tooway™, Dr. Victor Kühne, Managing Director of Sat Internet Services GmbH, said: “Leading German telecom operators with universal service obligations regard Tooway™ as an ideal complementary solution for delivering broadband Internet in any location. Our objective is to operate Tooway™ for large operators under a white label, alleviating the need for them to deploy a structure to support a satellite-based system for users in often remote locations. This positioning makes Sat Internet Services an ideal partner for operators looking for complementary solutions.” Sat internet Services also successfully opened its web shop activity at CeBIT, with customers taking the opportunity to order the new Tooway™ service to be available through KA-SAT.

Arduino Patacchini, CEO of Skylogic added: “We are delighted to strike this new relationship with Sat Internet Services. Despite the roll-out of high-speed terrestrial broadband infrastructure, Germany faces the same challenge as other European countries to build an inclusive digital economy for all users and enterprises. We are convinced that the performance of Tooway™ through KA-SAT empowers satellite broadband to contribute to achieving this goal.”

Tooway™ will be provided via Eutelsat’s KA-SAT satellite, which was launched in December 2010. As Europe’s first High-Throughput Satellite (HTS), with total capacity of more than 70 Gbps, it is ushering in a new era of competitively-priced satellite-delivered services for homes and businesses across Europe and the Mediterranean Basin. KA-SAT uses next-generation two-way wireless Ka-band spotbeam technology, which lowers the cost of providing highbandwidth access to the Internet. The complete KA-SAT infrastructure, comprising the satellite and a network of eight gateways across Europe connected to the Internet via a fibre backbone ring, will enter service in mid-2011.

The user equipment for Tooway™ comprises a small satellite dish and a modem connected to the PC via the Ethernet, giving immediate and always-on Internet access following simple installation. The service can also deliver Voice over IP, and Direct-to-Home television.

Tooway™ is delivered across Europe via a network of certified distributors who have the flexibility to offer packages for consumers, home workers and businesses with speeds, volumes and prices to match their local market demands.

For more information: www.tooway.com, www.satinternetservices.de