Press Release

Eutelsat selects Alcatel to build HOT BIRDTM 7A satellite

By SpaceRef Editor
July 28, 2003
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Paris, July 28, 2003 – Alcatel Space, a subsidiary of Alcatel (Paris:
CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) and Eutelsat S.A., one of the world’s leading
satellite operators, today announced the signature of a contract for the
construction of the HOT BIRDTM 7A communications satellite. The order for
this new satellite follows the loss of HOT BIRDTM 7 during launch last
December. In addition to the original specifications, HOT BIRDTM 7A’s
mission has been expanded to provide additional back-up and replacement
capacity at Eutelsat’s key orbital slot, 13 degrees East, the world’s
leading neighbourhood for satellite television broadcasting. This expanded
mission has led to the choice of a larger, more flexible satellite platform
than for the original version.

HOT BIRDTM 7A will be based on Alcatel Space’s Spacebus 3000 B3 platform.
Launch is planned for the autumn of 2005, when the new satellite will join
Eutelsat’s HOT BIRD? family of satellites co-located at the 13 degree East
slot and reaching 100 million houses, and currently broadcasting 676 video
channels and 565 audio channels. Equipped with 38 Ku-band transponders of
33 MHz minimum each (end of life), HOT BIRDTM 7A will replace HOT BIRD?1.
The other 20 transponders will be available for potential back-up and
replacement capacity for the HOT BIRD? 2, 3 and 4 satellites. HOT BIRD? 7A
has a design life of 15 years.

HOT BIRDTM 7A will be assembled and integrated in the clean rooms at
Alcatel Space’s Cannes and Toulouse plants in southern France. It will
weigh about 4,000 kg at launch, and its solar panels will provide 10 kW of
electrical power.

Following the contract signature, Eutelsat CEO Giuliano Berretta said: "HOT
BIRDTM 7A will enable us to increase our capacity at the 13 degree East
slot to 102 transponders dedicated to broadcast services for Europe, the
Middle East and North Africa, regions in which Eutelsat has a penetration
rate of 80 percent of the households with satellite or cable TV reception.
The new satellite is very flexible as well, which enables it to potentially
replace three other HOT BIRD? satellites if necessary. This latest order
reflects our commitment to maintaining, at this key orbital broadcasting
position, a young fleet of satellites and to consolidating our back-up
capabilities."

"We are very proud of winning the HOT BIRDTM 7A satellite contract against
a tough international field of competitors," said Pascale Sourisse,
Chairman and CEO of Alcatel Space. "We would like to reiterate our thanks
to Eutelsat for their continued confidence in our company. HOT BIRDTM 7A is
in fact the 16th satellite* that Alcatel Space will build for Eutelsat.
Following orders from operators in South Korea, Africa and Brazil, the
European leading operator has chosen our company. With four satellite
contracts announced by Alcatel Space in less than two months, we continue
to confirm our leadership in the communications satellite market."

* 5 EUTELSAT II (F1 to F5), 2 HOT BIRDTM (HB1, HB6), 4 EUTELSAT W (W2 to
W5), SESAT (with NPO-PM), EUROBIRDTM and 2 ATLANTIC BIRDTM (AB2, AB3).

About Eutelsat

With capacity commercialised on 23 satellites that provide coverage from
the Americas to the Pacific, Eutelsat S.A. is one of the world’s leading
satellite operators. Eutelsat’s satellite infrastructure gives it the
flexibility to offer direct-to-home broadcasting, video distribution and
contribution services, corporate network solutions and a portfolio of IP
applications including broadband Internet access and Internet backbone
connections. As a total, Eutelsat’s satellites broadcast more than 1300
television and 800 radio stations and reach an overall audience of 107
million cable and satellite homes.
www.eutelsat.fr

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.

About Alcatel

Alcatel provides end-to-end communications solutions, enabling carriers,
service providers and enterprises to deliver content to any type of user,
anywhere in the world. Leveraging its long-term leadership in
telecommunications network equipment as well as its expertise in
applications and network services, Alcatel enables its customers to focus
on optimizing their service offerings and revenue streams. With sales of
EURO 16.5 billion in 2002, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries.

SpaceRef staff editor.