Press Release

PanAmSat Provides End-to-End Internet Solution to OPT New Caledonia

By SpaceRef Editor
June 14, 2005
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SPOTbytes Service Will Supply Satellite Capacity, Uplink, Downlink and Internet Connectivity to Pacific Island Community

SINGAPORE, June 14, 2005 — PanAmSat (NYSE: PA) announced today that it signed a long-term agreement with Office des Postes et Telecommunications New Caledonia (OPT New Caledonia), the telecom operator of New Caledonia, to provide satellite-based Internet connectivity across its PAS-2 Pacific Ocean Region satellite. OPT New Caledonia will also receive direct connectivity to the U.S. Internet backbone, as well as teleport uplink and downlink services, as part of its SPOTbytes package.

“Through this agreement, OPT New Caledonia will enjoy a total connectivity solution that lets it serve its customers more efficiently and cost-effectively across its entire service area,” said David Ball, vice president, Asia Pacific region, PanAmSat. “By providing Internet access to areas far-removed from cable or fiber networks, SPOTbytes high-speed, two-way service offers the instant Internet infrastructure many telecom operators need.”

PanAmSat’s SPOTbytes service provides direct access to the Internet via satellite for domestic backbone operators, Internet service providers (ISPs) and enterprises virtually anywhere in the world. SPOTbytes can supplement a company’s existing architecture by providing unprecedented flexibility in expanding and diversifying an existing network. The service includes satellite capacity, teleport uplink and downlink services and Internet port access to multiple Tier One Internet backbone providers all supported by a 24-hour Technical Call Center. Utilizing PanAmSat’s global satellite network, SPOTbytes offers unparalleled versatility and cost-efficiency for operators, ISPs and enterprises.

“Our past experience with PanAmSat has always been excellent, given the Company’s flexibility, reliability and reach. We decided to broaden our relationship by signing on for a much larger SPOTBytes service,” said Jean-Yves Ollivaud, general manager, OPT New Caledonia. “We’re excited to bring this new, expanded Internet service to our customers.”

About OPT New Caledonia

Postal, financial & telecommunication services in New Caledonia are carried out by OPT-NC, a public agency controlled by the local government of New Caledonia. As the incumbent telco, OPT-NC runs a wide span of domestic and international services: fixed and mobile networks, Internet backbone, international VoIP, leased lines, and the associated transport infrastructures, with a focus on rural access.

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About PanAmSat

Through its owned and operated fleet of 23 satellites, PanAmSat (NYSE: PA) is a leading global provider of video, broadcasting and network distribution and delivery services. In total, the Company’s in-orbit fleet is capable of reaching over 98 percent of the world’s population through cable television systems, broadcast affiliates, direct-to-home operators, Internet service providers and telecommunications companies. In addition, PanAmSat supports the largest concentration of satellite-based business networks in the U.S., as well as specialized communications services in remote areas throughout the world. For more information, visit the Company’s web site at

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