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Air Force Selects ILS' Atlas V for Space Test Program Mission Business Editors/High- Tech Writers MCLEAN, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 10, 2004--International Launch Services (ILS) has received authorization from the U.S. Air Force to begin integration of the Space Test Program-1 (STP-1) mission on the Atlas V rocket, scheduled to launch in September 2006. This multi-payload mission will launch seven separate satellites and perform a series of on-orbit maneuvers to deliver these satellites to their respective orbital locations. By giving the go-ahead, the Air Force's Space and Missile Systems Center is making a firm commitment to launch one of 18 missions assigned to ILS and the Lockheed Martin-built (NYSE:LMT) Atlas V rocket under the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Program. Thus far the Air Force has converted five of those assignments into confirmed missions. The DoD Space Test Program, located at Detachment 12 of the Space and Missile Systems Center at Kirtland AFB, N.M., is responsible for the integration of the STP-1 mission. The two-part Defense Advanced Research Programs Agency payload for the STP-1 mission, the Orbital Express spacecraft, will be integrated in the prime satellite location atop the EELV Secondary Payload Adapter (ESPA), which was developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory, also located at Kirtland. The ESPA will be populated with five smaller satellites. The STP-1 mission will launch from Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. "The orbital operations of this mission will demonstrate the robust capability of the Atlas V launch system and the Centaur upper stage as well as the unparalleled integration and mission design expertise of the Atlas launch team," said ILS President Mark Albrecht. "We're proud that the Air Force has placed confidence in the Atlas V to perform this cutting-edge mission for the DoD Space Test Program Office." The Atlas family of vehicles has achieved 72 consecutive successful launches spanning nearly 11 years, for a mix of government and commercial customers. The most recent Atlas launch was on May 19, with the AMC-11 satellite. Another Atlas mission is scheduled for June 30 with a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office. The Atlas V vehicle is designed to lift payloads up to 19,000 pounds to geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO). Lockheed Martin developed the Atlas V vehicle to meet Air Force EELV requirements and for ILS commercial missions. The Atlas V vehicle has flown three commercial missions since its debut in August 2002, all successfully. ILS markets and manages government and commercial missions on the Atlas rocket to customers worldwide. The company is headquartered near Washington, D.C. The Atlas rockets and their Centaur upper stages are built by Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. in Denver, Colo.; Harlingen, Texas; and San Diego, Calif. ILS has established itself as the indisputable launch services leader. The Atlas rocket's demonstrated reliability and launch rate capability has made it the vehicle of choice for highly critical missions. In addition to the five EELV launches, Atlas V has two scheduled launches for NASA, for a total of seven firm Atlas V missions for the U.S. government. For more information, visit www.ilslaunch.com. CONTACT: International Launch Services, McLean Fran Slimmer, 571-633-7462 email@example.com . IP VPN via Satellite Market to Grow as Bundled Service to Broadband Offering, According to Northern Sky Research; Market to Generate Increasing Revenue Over Next Five Years ORLA NDO, Fla.--(BUS INESS WIRE)--June 8, 2004--Northern Sky Research today released its newest market survey and forecast report: "IP VPN via Satellite: The Next Generation of Enterprise Satellite Communications." The report focuses on the newly emerging implementations of Virtual Private Net works (VPN) that are undertaken using satellite plat forms. As equipment manufacturers, software developers and service providers begin to address global demand for VPN services for enterprises, the viability of such services when implemented over satellites is important to ascertain. The report provides an estimate of revenue projections and growth of the installed base of us er sites in all regions over a five-year period. The report concludes that the IP VPN via satellite market is contingent upon the uptake of basic broadband access services via satellite over time. As enterprise sites in remote and underserved areas use satellites as the platform to communicate and link to the corporate intranet, IP VPN service can easily be bundled for highly secure and highly robust communications. Total equipment and service revenues from 2004 to 2008 are expected to exceed $785 million, making this new offering an attractive complementary feature to basic high-speed Internet access services. "Given the growing use of satellites to connect underserved areas, as well as the growing use of the Internet as the infrastructure of choice for enabling corporate WANs, growth for IP VPN via satellite services and equipment should increase at a steady rate," states Jose del Rosario, senior analyst of Northern Sky Research and author of the report. Initial demand will be generated largely from the procurement of large enterprises and SMEs as they extend the reach of the corporate intranet given the limitations of terrestrial -based VP Ns. However, SoHo's should increasingly account for a larger part of the market, specifically when equipment and service costs begin to decline. Indeed, the key driver of the market lies in declining equipment and servic e costs. Affordability of value-added VP N services particularly in the SME and SoHo sectors, which have lower price elasticity of demand, will be a key benchmark in the buying decisions of many enterprises. "Since the vast majority of the world's enterprises belong to the SME sector and the increasing trend of telec ommuting is giving rise to a dynamic SoHo market, the currently nascent IP VPN via satellite market is expected to generate higher revenue streams annually until 2008. Moreover, improving penetration rates within satellite corporate users should offset declining price effects in terms of revenue impact," states del Rosario. From less than 5% penetration within the installed base of two -way IP VSATs worldwide, penetration rates of VPN are expected to increase to over 20% in certain regions of the globe. The North American region driven by the Untied States is expected to account for the highest number of IP VP N via satellite enabled sites within the report 's forecast period. The U.S. has, and is expected to account for the highest number of broadband satellite -bas ed corporate users that can easily be tapped for higher-value IP VPN services. "IP VPN via Satellite" is a multi-client market research report now available from Northern Sky Research. For additional information on this report, including a full table of contents, list of figures and executive summary, please visit www.northernskyresearch.com or call Northern Sky Research at 407-352-5295. Nort hern Sky Research is an international market research and consulting firm specializing in satellite technology and applications. Nort hern Sky Research primary areas of expertise include satellite technology, IP applications, and broadcast servic es. With extensive expertise in all regions and a number of broadband sectors, Northern Sky Research is a leading provider of in- depth market insight and analyses. Contacts Northern Sky Research Ken Marini, 781-826-9484 firstname.lastname@example.org European Patent Office grants European Patent for "Integrated High-Speed Terrestrial and Satellite Communications Systems for Internet and Other Uses" to Europe Online Investments S.A. Innovative Broadband Internet Provider has led the field for ten years in High-Speed Internet, Video on Demand, and Multi Media via Satellite and Cable 09 June 2004, Luxembourg: Europe Online, one of the world's first and largest Broadband via Satellite operators now celebrating its tenth year, announced today that the European Patent office has granted it the European Patent for "Integrated High-Speed Terrestrial and Satellite Communications Systems for Internet and Other Uses". The inventors are Candace Johnson, the founder of Europe Online, and Dr. Angus Lord and Takeshi Martinez. The patent was first applied for on April 08, 1999. The field of the invention relates to systems and methods for managing the delivery of a plurality of types of data content to data users, and more particularly, to systems and methods for managing the allocation of bandwidth resources for the transmission and delivery of a p lurality of types of data content to data users via a satellite telecommunications network. One objective of the present invention is to provide systems and methods that take advantage of the broadband resources available in satellite telecommunication network systems to deliver IP (Internet Protocol) data content to data users at rates of speed that may not be available in traditional terrestrially-based Internet communication networks. Another objective of the present invention is to provide systems and methods that are able to deliver non- IP data content, such as films and video on demand as well as MPEG streams of audio or video digital content. Another objective is to provide systems and methods that take advantage of the multicasting capabilities of satellite communication network systems so as to be able to simultaneously deliver data content to a multitude of data users with a single transmission of data content. Additionally, to take further advantage of the multicasting capabilities of satellite telecommunication networks, methods for queuing the delivery of digital data content to data users are disclosed in the present invention. Finally, in order to facilitate the delivery of a plurality of types of data content to data users via a satellite telecommunication networks, an integrated communications system manager provides bi-directional control and signaling capability interconnecting a plurality of diverse bandwidth-originating communications networks, an integrated high speed data content manager and a distribution network. "We are enormously pleased that our innovation and hard work over the last years, often in the face of challenging circumstances and time, have been recognized by this patent grant," said Candace Johnson, Founder and President of Europe Online Investments S.A. "In particular, we are pleased that as a result of our perseverance, never giving up, never accepting no for an answer, and never going away even when others tried to make us go away that mass-consumers from the UK to the Urals and from Finland to the Middle East can enjoy Europe Online's special brand of Broadband Internet via Satellite, conceived and then implemented in open-standard technology, complete with Video on Demand, high-quality audio and video streams, fast internet, and email notification," continued EOL's President. "We would also like to thank our satellite partners, Eutelsat and BT Broadcast as well as our cable partners, Kabel Deutschland and PrimaCom, and our hardware manufacturing partners, TechniSat, Hauppauge, and TechnoTrend for their unfailing support over the years." "Finally, and in particular, we would like to thank our Europe Online users who with their user communities and feedback have always pushed us to excel and bring the best and most innovative Broadband via Satellite to the world," concluded Ms. Johnson. For more information, please contact: Europe Online Investments, S.A. Candace Johnson, President Tel. 00352 421 42 47 30 Email. email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> <http://www.europeonline.com> Europe Online has moved! Please note our NEW address and coordinates. Europe Online Investments, S.A. The RTL Center 45 Blvd. Pierre Frieden L-1543 Luxembourg Tel. +352 421 42 4730 Fax. +352 421 42 4739 Email. email@example.com PAN-AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT IMPERATIVES FOR BUSINESS, ECONOM Y AND SOCIETY ACCELERATED THROUGH SATELLITE-BASED INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY ADVANCE ‘Best practice’ briefing and discussion sessions on bridging Africa’s digital divide facilitated by global satellite association at Information and Communication Technology Development Hub; Key regional confe rence the me of “Developing Partnerships to Mainstream Africa’s ICT Industry” supporte d by GVF-organised Telecommunications Operators Forum 4 June 2004 LONDON & MAURITIUS – Developing Partnerships to Mainstream Africa’s ICT Industry is the theme of the Sixth Annual African Computing and Telecommunications Summit (ACT 2004), taking place over 7-9 September at CyberCity, Mauritius, the Information and Communications Technology Development Hub for Africa and the Indian Ocean. This year, building on its strategic relationship with the GVF – the global association of the satellite telecommunications industry – the organisers of ACT are working with the association (www.gvf.org) to facilitate a rare discussion and networking opportunity for the telecommunications carriers, or PTTs, from across the African continent. Satellite-based communications provides the only effective breakthrough from the bottleneck that is the under development of telecommunications services throughout much of Africa – under development that has been effectively caused by: Low disposable incomes (and outright poverty), and consequential disincentives to telecommunications operators to actually provide reliable services; Lack of competition and therefore lack of infrastructure investment; And, the fragmentation of a continent into many national markets which are devoid of economies of scale. Yet, from the greatest cities to the smallest villages, access to information through low cost telecommunications connectivity is an imperative for the economic and social development of Africa. Recognising this imperative, the non-profit and non-partisan satellite industry association – the GVF – has organised a Telecommunications Operators Forum, a programme of briefing and discussion sessions for the African telecommunication carriers community, to take place over the 7 th, 8th and 9th September 2004. The sessions will address key issues regarding the world of connectivity solutions from satellite-based technology and will offer examples of ‘best practice’ in the creation of strategies for satellite terminal deployment, network roll-out and sustainable application development. That ‘best practice’ strategies for aiding access to ICTs through satellites benefit indigenous businesses in encouraging improved investment conditions, and also benefit national governments through a stronger tax base, is implicitly recognised in the Catalysing Access to ICTs in Africa project. CATIA is a three- year programme of the British Government’s Department for International Development (DfID) and reflects the strong ground swell of opinion that the Millennium Development Goals will only be achieved by using Information and Communication Technologies. This is also the emphasis placed on ICTs in the recent World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and in the targets of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). The GVF is one of the partner organisations in the CATIA project, and an update on the progress and implications of CATIA will be included in the briefing sessions comprising the Telecommunications Operators Forum. Opportunities for tens of thousands of new telecommunications entrepreneurs across Africa continue to advance with the increased availability of lower price satellite bandwidth all across the continent. In addition, current downward price trends for both satellite terminals and Internet access can only continue as potential economies of scale come on-stream. Such potential developments will also be examined during the Forum briefings, considered from the perspective of: The perceptions of telecommunications operators of new market dynamics; The opportunities of increased competition in more liberalised contexts; Understanding the necessities of UAO/USO and the implications of VoIP over satellite; The provision of essential applications for the corporate sector and the enterprise space; for government, education and healthcare; and for the development sector. The GVF Telecommunications Operators Forum will bring together senior decision-making representatives from PTTs from across the continent, with particular emphasis on telecommunications carriers from the PTTs Group of the SADC nations. Also attending will be senior executives from Africa’s sub-regional organisations of telecommunications regulators, including: TRASA – the Telecommunications Regulators Association of Southern Africa; WATRA – the West African Telecommunications Regulators Association; and, EARPTO – the East Africa Regulatory Post and Telecommunication Organisation. For further information about the Telecommunications Operators Forum, or about the GVF, please contact either: Martin Jarrold, Chief of International Programme Development at the GVF Secretariat Direct telephone + 44 1727 884 513; Email firstname.lastname@example.org Helen Jameson, GVF Secretariat Administrator Direct telephone + 44 1727 884 627; Email email@example.com Or for details about the wider programme of ACT 2004, please contact: Sean Moroney, AITEC Africa Direct telephone + 44 1480 495 595; Email firstname.lastname@example.org Full details are available at www.aitecafrica.com Notes for Editors The GVF is the non-profit, non-partisan and unified voice of the global satellite telecommunications industry. Its 165 member organisations are located in all major regions of the world and come from all sectors of the industry, and include satellite operators, earth station equipment manufacturers, carriers, value-added service providers, consultants, lawyers, and publishers. The GVF Secretariat is headquartered in the UK. AITEC is Africa’s leading organiser of ICT conferences and exhibitions, with offices in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana and Nigeria, as well a network of partners and agents across a wide range of other countries. AITEC also publishes the continent’s leading ICT magazine, Computers & Telecommunications in Africa. New Skies expands two-way satellite broadband > Internet services in Asia and Latin America > > Company launching two-way network hub at Washington mediaport and > deploying > DVB-RCS hub in Hong Kong to deliver next- generation IPsys* services > > > THE HAGUE, Netherlands, June 10, 2004 - New Skies Satellites N.V. (AEX, > NYSE: NSK), the global satellite communications company, today unveiled > two new Internet offerings, IPsys* Broadbandsm for Asia and IPsys* > Bandwidth on Demandsm for Latin America, designed to deliver > next-generation two-way satellite broadband services. > > Both services have been designed so that telecommunications companies, > service providers, network integrators, ISPs and other resellers can > cost-effectively establish integrated networks using the shared hubs to > offer high-quality, cost-effective broadband Internet services virtually > anywhere within the coverage areas - regardless of the physical terrain or > the extent of terrestrial communications networks. Potential applications > include virtual private networks and high-speed Internet connectivity, > video conferencing, rural telecommunications, Voice over IP, distance > learning networks and telemedicine, etc. > > In Latin America, New Skies has launched a new IP broadband network hub > provided by Shiron Satellite Communications at the company's > state-of-the-art Washington D.C. mediaport to offer IPsys Bandwidth on > Demand (BoD) to customers throughout Latin America and the Caribbean over > the NSS-806 satellite. The service enables the use small C-band antennas > throughout the entire region due to NSS-806's high-powered coverage of the > Americas. > > In Asia, New Skies' IPsys Broadband features a Newtec DVB-RCS (digital > video broadcast-return channel by satellite) hub installed at the > company's partner mediaport facility in Hong Kong. The hub will take > advantage of the NSS-6 satellite's powerful Ku-band coverage of South and > Northeast Asia. The service is currently undergoing beta testing and will > be commercially available in late 2004. > > Michael Schwartz, New Skies' senior vice president of marketing and > corporate development, said: "In many regions of the world, last- mile > terrestrial connectivity cannot support the bandwidth requirements of > large corporate enterprises or ISP networks. Even current satellite > solutions typically require extensive terrestrial networks in order to > connect remote sites to two-way satellite gateways. > > "Using the new two-way hubs, the IPsys Broadband and IPsys BoD services > will allow our customers to establish two-way networks by directly linking > remote sites to the hubs entirely independent of terrestrial > infrastructure, while also employing low-cost end- user terminals and small > antennas. The new services will bring cost-effective next-generation > broadband Internet services to areas where often there are no Internet > access options, let alone broadband services." > > The new services will significantly expand the broadband reach of New > Skies' customers, enabling them to provide an ubiquitous level of service > and established cost-effective, two-way networks throughout the IPsys > Broadband and IPsys BoD footprints. These capabilities will allow them to > develop new market segments where terrestrial solutions are not available > and where satellite solutions previously were too expensive. > > "Our customers have told us that the biggest impediment to the deployment > of two-way broadband services has been the large, up-front investment > required for the hub and associated management systems. IPsys BoD and > IPsys Broadband overcome this limitation by allowing multiple small- and > medium-sized regional service providers to aggregate their networks on New > Skies' Multi-ISP hubs at our owned and affiliated mediaports," added > Schwartz. > > IPsys Bandwidth on Demand > The IPsys Bandwidth on Demand service uses a Shiron InterSKY(tm) hub and > employs Shiron's InterSKY(tm) terminals. New Skies' NSS-806 satellite will > create flexible two-way links directly between the terminals and the > two-way hub at speeds of up to 4 Mbps on the downlink and return links up > to 384 Kbps. The service also benefits from NSS-806 strong reliability > record, providing an availability rate better than 99.99 percent during > the last three consecutive years of service. IPsys BoD allows New Skies' > service provider and ISP customers to cost effectively deploy solutions > for education, government and corporate users. > > IPsys Broadband > IPsys Broadband will employ Newtec's DVB-RCS technology and NSS-6's > high-powered Ku-band capacity to enable high- speed, two-way IP > transmissions between customer sites and the hub at speeds up to 8 Mbps on > the downlink and return links up to 2 Mbps. The IPsys Broadband service > will provide end users a true 'Broadband Experience' through the use of > TCP/IP acceleration, pre-fetching technology and web caching enabling > super-fast performance for commonly supported applications such as web > browsing and file downloads. Further service enhancements will allow our > customers to competitively target the enterprise market through the > support of virtual private networks (VPN). > > "It's not only the speed of the connection that is important to our > customers, but also the look and feel of the service. Too many satellite > delivered broadband services to date have been all about the satellite and > not about the service. This is one of the unique differences of IPsys > Broadband and IPsys Bandwidth on Demand," Schwartz said. > > About Newtec > Newtec is a Belgium-based satellite communications equipment manufacturer > and total solution provider, offering highly reliable products and > services throughout the entire world. The company provides satellite > equipment for a wide variety of applications, including: > * Video and audio exchange networks, > * High-rate IP backbone links, > * One-way (business TV) and two-way access networks, > * Broadcast uplink stations (DTV and IP broadcast), > * Primary TV distribution networks. > > About Shiron Satellite Communications > Shiron Satellite Communications offers a leading broadband satellite > system, InterSKY(tm), which supports fast Internet access a nd IP > applications, including optimized Voice over IP. The system uses a > sophisticated combination of standards and patent-protected technologies > to significantly reduce satellite and network resources, making it the > most cost-effective solution on the market. Shiron has achieved global > coverage with the deployment of tens of broadband DVB hubs and thousands > of Remote Gateways worldwide. Shiron's customer base includes major > satellite operators, Telcos, ISPs, governments, public and private > companies. > > About New Skies Satellites (AEX, NYSE: NSK) > New Skies Satellites is one of only four fixed satellite communications > companies with truly global satellite coverage, offering video, data, > voice and Internet communications services to a range of > telecommunications carriers, broadcasters, large corporations, Internet > service providers and government entities around the world. New Skies has > five satellites in orbit, ground facilities around the world and one > additional spacecraft under construction. The company also has secured > certain rights to make use of additional orbital positions for future > growth. New Skies is headquartered in The Hague, The Netherlands, and has > offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, New Delhi, São Paulo, Singapore, Sydney and > Washington, D.C. > > New Skies is the world's largest satellite provider of IP services, with > 20 platforms delivering more than 1 Gigabyte of capacity to 100 customers > in 50 countries. The deployment of this latest two-way hub is part of New > Skies' strategy of introducing next-generation two-way broadband services > around the world. IPsys*, IPsys* Broadbandsm and IPsys* Bandwidth on > Demandsm are a registered trademark and a service mark of New Skies > Satellites N.V. Additional information is available at www.newskies.com. > > --END-- > For additional information, please contact: > > For New Skies Satellites > Jeff Bothwell > Tel: +31 70 306 4239 Mobile + 31 6 11 31 01 83 > email@example.com > > For Shiron Satellite Communications: > Stephanie Brewer > Tel: +972-3-918-3919 > firstname.lastname@example.org > > For Newtec > Richard Schaap > Tel: +32 (0) 3 780 6500 > email@example.com > > >June 14, 2004 12:00 PM US Eastern Timezone The New Astronauts: Magellans of the 21st Century --(B USINESS WIRE )--The Guinness Book of World Records may need a new category by the end of 2004. X-P rize competitor SpaceShipOne makes its first publicly announced manned flight into space on June 21st...and then the modern space race REA LLY begins ! The Ansari X-Prize competition is patterned after the more than 100 aviation prizes offered in the early 20t h century that created today's $300 billion-dollar commercial air transport industry. To win the X-P rize, private teams must financ e, build and then fly a three-person spac ecraft 100 km (62 miles ) to space, return safely, and then demonstrate the reusability of their vehicle by flying it again within two weeks. Enter revolutionary SpaceDev, the Poway, California space solutions company. Since 1999, Jim Benson, founding Chairman and Chief Executive, and the SpaceDev propulsion team have been working with the engineers at Scaled Composites to create safe, inexpensive, private sector human space flight. Only a year aft er contracting with Scaled, SpaceDev successfully tes ted the world's largest hybrid rocket motor. The hybrid system is highly innovative, using nitrous oxide (N20), or laughing gas, as an oxidizer, and hydroxy -terminated polybutadiene (HTPB), or rubber, as the fuel. Both are low cost, in plentiful supply and can be safely transported and stored without special precautions, and will not explode when combined. SpaceDev supplied the rocket science and now supplies most of the key components for the SpaceShipOne rocket motor. "I am extremely proud of our SpaceDe v rocket propulsion team for successfully developing this elegant system, and we are delight ed to be part of helping make safe and affordable access to space a reality," said Jim Benson. "With SpaceDev's rocket motor technology, and with the historic SpaceShipOne, commercial, manned, suborbital space flight is now truly within reach, and no longer just a dream." The future of commercial space flight is no longer a question of how or when, but by whom. Smaller commercial space firms like SpaceDev, led by successful entrepreneurs from other industries, are already providing products and services that were previously the domain of NASA or the military. For example, just last year, SpaceDev launched this country's smallest, high performance, low cost satellite called CHIPSat, a science mission for the University of California at Berkeley through NASA's University Explorer Program. "We believe that CHIPSat is the world's first orbiting Internet node, and the world's first satellite whose mission control and operations center is merely a laptop computer, located anywhere in the world," said Mr. Benson. During President Bush's NASA Commission hearing on the future of space earlier this year, witnesses as wide-ranging as science fiction writer Ray Bradbury, wealthy space tourist Dennis Tito, and SpaceDev's Jim Benson, aired their wisdom on the topic. Mr. Benson, in particular, was quite vocal about moving space travel into the private sector. " That means migrating from the big aerospace firms and their 'mainframe' mentality toward agile, innovative companies introducing the 'microcomput er' way of thinking into space. Smaller innovative firms like SpaceDev can provide rapid and affordable access to space, if given the opportunity," said Benson at the hearings. For more information on the commercialization of space exploration, visit www.spacedev.com. June 14, 2004 09:02 AM US Eastern Timezone June 14, 2004 07:00 AM US Eastern Timezone Accuture Predicts Sizable Market Opportunity for Broadband Access; Global Service Revenues to Reach $181.6 Billion USD by 2010; Equipment Revenue Expected to Reach $11.3 Billion ROCHES TE R HILLS, Mich.--(B USINESS WIRE )--June 14, 2004--While ult ra-long-haul and long-haul telecommunications networks brim with capacity, many of the world's local distribution networks lag far behind, constraining the flow of traffic. Broadband, however, is fundamentall y altering this situation. E ver greater numbers of households and small businesses are purchasing high-speed, Internet connections in an increasing number of countries. According to Accuture Telecom Research's latest market report, Broadband Access Markets 2004 - Worldwide, Regional and Country Forecasts of Broadband Access Equipment and Service Markets Through 2010, the number of worldwide residential and small business broadband accounts will increase to 126 million by year's end 2004 and to 351 million by 2010. In response to this demand, service providers are expanding their broadband networks, which will generate revenues of $181.6 billion by 2010. Correspondingly, broadband equipment markets will remain robust with annual global sales reac hing $11.3 billion by 2010. "Demand for broadband access continues unabated," according to Paul Kellett, principal analyst at Accuture. "We analyzed equipment and service markets in fifty -seven individual countries for DSL, cable modem, fixed wireless, satellite, and fiber-t o-the-home. Our findings indicated robust demand for a number of equipment categories in many countries. As a consequence, leading companies, such as Alcatel, Terayon, Lucent, ADC, Ericsson and Nortel, are well positioned to reap sizeable economic benefits." For more information on the report, Broadband Access Markets 2004 - Worldwide, Regional and Country Forecasts of Broadband Access Equipment and Service Markets Through 2010, contact Accuture sales on (248) 375-9234. Individual reports on Broadba nd Access Service Markets, Broadband Pricing Models, Broadband Country Profiles, and Broadband Access Equipment Mark ets are also available. About Accuture Telecom Research, LLC Accuture is an international market research firm specializing in broadband access and optical networking technologies and markets. We provide high quality research to net work equipment vendors, carriers, service providers, and financial institutions. Our experience and Advanced, Quantitative Forecasting and Analytical Procedures afford our clients an accurate view of the future. From this we derive our name, "Accuture". For more information on Accuture Telecom Research and its products visit the company's Web site www.accuture.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. >------------------------------------------------------------------------- >Service provided by Shareholder.com. Alcatel reinforces cooperation with China by providing the direct broadcasting satellite Chinasat 9 Paris, June 11, 2004 - Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) announced today that it signed a contract with China Satellite Communication Corporation (ChinaSat) to design and produce a new -generation communications satellite, Chinasat 9. This direct broadcasting satellite will enable ChinaSat to be the first state-owned Chinese company to provide satellite broadcast services in China. The contract was signed this morning in the presence of the Chinese Vice Prime Minister in charge of the Economy, Zeng Peiyan; the French Prime Minister, Jean-Pierre Raffarin; the President of ChinaSat, Zhang Hainan; the CEO of Alcatel, Serge Tchuruk; and the CEO of Alcatel Space, Pascale Sourisse. The Chinasat 9 satellite, based on the Spacebus 4000 C1 platform, will be fitted with 22 active Ku-band transponders for broadcast satellite services (BSS), including eighteen 36-MHz and four 54-MHz channels. Chinasat 9 will weigh about 4,500 kilograms at liftoff and offer life power of about 11 kW. Positioned at 92.2 degrees East (or 134 degrees East), it will offer a design life of more than 15 years. This satellite will be launched by a Chinese Long March rocket. Alcatel Space will be in charge of the launch campaign, orbital positioning, in-orbit tests and delivery of a satellite simulat or. During the contract signing ceremony in Paris, Serge Tchuruk said: " The Chinasat 9 contract marks a new step forward in the collaboration that Alcatel and China started some 20 years ago in the satellites area. Direct broadcasting is an emerging market in China whic h will offer interesting opportunities in the years to come." The cooperation between Alcatel and Chinese satellites operators began in 1984 with the supply of subassemblies for Chinasat 1, then with the delivery of the Sinos at 1 satellite in 1998, and finally with the upc oming delivery of the Apstar V I satellite. About Alcatel Space Alcatel Space, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alcatel, is the world's third largest satellite manufacturer and Number 1 in Europe. Deploying extensive dual expertise in civil and military applications, Alcatel Space develops satellite solutions for telecommunications, navigation, radar and optical observation, meteorology and science. The company is also the leading European prime contractor for earth observation, meteorology and navigation ground segments, and for space system operation. For more information, visit the Alcatel Space web site: www. alcatel.com/space About Alcatel Alcatel provides communications solutions to telecommunication carriers, Internet service providers and enterprises for delivery of voice, data and video applications to their customers or to their employees. Alcatel leverages its leading position in fixed and mobile broadband net works, applications and services to bring value to its customers in the framework of a broadband world. With sales of EURO 12.5 billion in 2003, Alcatel operates in more than 130 count ries. Cont act email@example.com Media Re lease - for re lease June 14th Ne w Singapore post follows CASBAA membership boom Singapore & Hong Kong, June 14th, 2004 -- The Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA) today announced the appoint ment of Henry K. Middleton as CASBAA General Manager, Singapore & Southeast Asia. This new position w ill encompass the Association's relationships with govern ment, member organisations and the multi-channel television and broadband industries as a whole, as well as building on a CASBAA decision in 2003 to formally open an office in Singapore. "This is a big step forward for the Association. It reflects general industry growth and the ever- grow ing importance of Singapore as the region's communications hub," said Marcel Fenez, the Chairman of CASBAA. "Henry's breadth of knowledge of the pay-TV industry, including regulatory, business development and promotional issues, will be invaluable." The appoint ment of Mr. Middleton comes as CASBAA announces new memberships and upgraded participation in the Association by 13 companies. Patron memberships taken out by Taiwan-based cable TV MSO Eastern Multimedia Corp. and broadcaster SPE (AXN/Animax), plus upgrades to Patron status by HBO Asia and Walt Disney Television International, have added four new seats to the CASBAA Council of Governors and adds signif icant weight to the Association's role as an influential industry spokesman. The next meeting of the policy-driving CASBAA Council will be on Tuesday, June 15th in Singapore. The two new Patron memberships -- and new Corporate memberships taken out by Harmonic Asia Pacific, Bird & Bird, International Launch Services, iMediaHouse, Music Choice and Clifford Chance, plus upgrades to Corporate level by SkyCable of the Philippines, Synovate of Hong Kong and BT of the UK -- are an endorsement of the Association's role in promoting and grow ing the cable and satellite industry in Asia. "These additional memberships strengthen CASBAA's position as an umbrella organization acting for the common good of the multi- channel cable, broadband and satellite industries and assists with our representation to the public, customers and policy makers," said Mr Fenez. "With our enhanced services, including the on- going dialogue with the advertising industry, our anti-piracy activities, the drive towards the further deployment of digital services, our research initiatives and the greater participat ion of individual members via our committee system we see CASBAA playing an ever more important role on behalf of the industry and its constituents," said Simon Twiston Davies, CEO, CASBAA. To obtain a high res photo of Mr. Henry Middleton, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org. ABOUT CASBAA - www.casbaa.com The Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia is the region's leading non-profit trade organisation for the promotion of multi-channel television and data transmission via cable and satellite networks. CASBAA represents some 128 Asia-based corporations, which in turn serve more than 3 billion people. Member organisations include ABN AMRO, AsiaSat, ASTRO, Bloomberg Television, Discovery Networks Asia, Galaxy, HBO Asia, IBM, Motorola, MTV Networks Asia Pacific, PCCW, STAR Group, SPE Networks - Asia, Sony Pictures Television International, STAR, Turner International Asia Pacific, UBC, Wa lt Disney Television International, Arianespace, Ascent Media, CNBC Asia, E! Networks, NTL, ESPN STAR Sports, Juniper Networks, Loral Skynet, Mediacorp News, Media Development Authority, Motion Picture Association, Nagravision, Starhub, VT Merlin, Worldsat and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Omneon Expands Asia/Pacific Presence With New Hong Kong and Singapore Offices and Appointment of Sales VP New offices address growing demand for Omneon Spectrum media server systems by broadcasters in Asia/Pacific market SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- June 14, 2004 -- Omneon Video Networks today announced that it has extended its pres ence in the Asia/Pacific market with the opening of new regional offices in Singapore and Hong Kong and the creation of new sales and service positions to provide dedicated support to clients in the region. Charged with leadership of this region and responsibility for the new offices is Eric Masters, who has been appointed to the role of vice president for Asia/Pacific sales. The new regional offices complement the company's Japan office opened in Tokyo earlier this year and a growing systems integrator network across the region. "The Asia/Pacific region is an important contributor to Omneon's success in the worldwide market, and we have taken significant steps to strengthen our presence and provide localized support for customers in that area," said Omneon's Worldwide Sales Vice President Dan Marshall. "The complement of Omneon offices now servicing Singapore, Hong Kong, and Japan are being staffed with experienced Omneon support personnel, and under Eric's leadership, they will provide a firm foundation for continued growt h throughout the region." Masters brings a number of years of industry experience to his new role with Omneon. His previous roles have all been in the Asia/Pacific region and included director-level positions wit h Quantel Asia Pacific and Quantel Australia, as well as the managing director role at Tekniche Asia Pacific. Notable recent sales of the Omneon Spectrum media server in the Asia/Pacific market have included installations at Net work Ten in Australia, CJ Media in Korea, and ThaiDay.com in Thailand. An exceptionally cost-effective and flexible media server designed for the professional television industry, the Omneon Spectrum media server provides a reliable and scalable infrastructure for broadcast playout and storage applications. Omneon's server system is built on an open architecture that allows it to support a broad variety of third-party applications for control and transmission, media management, arc hiving, and collaborative production. Omneon's new Customer Service and Support Center opened in Singapore on May 28th, and the company's Asia/Pacific Sales Office in Hong Kong opened on May 24th. Masters will be based in Hong Kong and report directly to Marshall.
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