Press Release

New Skies creates complete service offering for launch of Reliance Infocomm’s international long-distance telephony busines

By SpaceRef Editor
January 30, 2003
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New Skies Satellites N.V. (AEX,
NYSE: NSK), the global satellite communications company, today announced
that it has signed a multi-year, multi-transponder deal with Reliance
Infocomm Ltd, one of India’s leading telecom companies offering basic (fixed
and CDMA mobile), national long distance, international long distance and
data services.

The agreement creates a complete, end-to-end value-added service enabling
Reliance to launch international long-distance telephony services to the
United States. The bundled offering includes multiple transponders on the
NSS-703 satellite, uplinking/downlinking services at New Skies’ partner
mediaport northwest of London, and local loop as well as trans-Atlantic
fiber capacity linking the European gateway with Reliance’s facility at 60
Hudson Street in New York City. The service will be used along with Reliance
‘s growing fiber network, which covers over 600 cities across India.

Ajeet Varma of Reliance Infocomm Ltd said: “We selected New Skies for the
launch of our international long distance service because of the excellent
reputation of its highly reliable network. Also, as we launch our
international services, New Skies’ strong technical expertise and customer
support will help us be successful in this very competitive business.”

Srini Prasanna, vice president of sales for India, the Middle East and
Africa, said: “We are very proud to be associated with Reliance, the largest
business group in India, and to be a part of the roll out of their
international voice services. This is one the largest value-added service
offerings New Skies has developed and exemplifies the seamless integration
of the world-class resources we are putting in place to meet the dynamic
requirements of our customers.”

About Reliance Infocomm

Reliance Infocomm offers a complete range of telecom services, covering
mobile and fixed line telephony including broadband, national and
international long distance, data & a wide range of value added services and
applications that will enhance productivity of enterprises as well as
individuals. Reliance has a mission of ushering in a digital revolution in
India by becoming a major catalyst in improving quality of life and changing
the face of India. It aims to achieve this by putting the power of
information and communication in the hands of the people of India at
affordable costs.

About New Skies Satellites

New Skies Satellites (AEX, NYSE: NSK) is one of only four fixed satellite
communications companies with truly global satellite coverage, offering
video, voice, data and Internet communications services to a range of
telecommunications carriers, broadcasters, large corporations and Internet
service providers around the world. New Skies has six 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, including four serving the Americas. New Skies
is headquartered in The Hague, The Netherlands, and has offices in Beijing,
Johannesburg, New Delhi, São Paulo, Singapore, Sydney and Washington, D.C.

SpaceRef staff editor.