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PAPEETE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, Jan. 22) - Alcatel Space, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alcatel, has signed a contract to build and deliver in orbit, a new, advanced, high-powered telecommunications satellite over the Pacific region.

The satellite, known as WORLDSAT-3, will be built for WORLDSAT LLC, an SES GLOBAL company. The C-band payload will be available to broadcasters, cable programmers, Internet service providers, government agencies, educational institutions, carriers and private networks for next generation communication and content distribution solutions, according to an Alcatel press release.

The in-orbit handover of the satellite is to occur by the end of 2005.

"From this single satellite, communications can be sent from California to Bangladesh, from as far north as Alaska in the U.S. and as far south as Australia and New Zealand, and all points in between," Alcatel reported.

"This hybrid satellite, positioned at 172 degrees East Longitude, will serve local, transcontinental and transoceanic customers across the Pacific region, including Western North America, East Asia, the South Pacific, Alaska and Hawaii and provide links to the world’s premier regional satellite systems."

WORLDSAT-3 will weigh about 5,000 kilograms (11,023 pounds) at launch, with beginning-of-life electrical power of 13kW and a design life of more than 15 years.

Alcatel Space is the world’s third largest satellite manufacturer and N° 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 also is the leading European prime contractor for earth observation, meteorology and navigation ground segments, and for space system operation.

Formed in 2003 by SES AMERICOM, a global satellite communications services pioneer, WORLDSAT creates seamless solutions for mobile communications, international broadcasters, secure data networks, government agencies, value-added resellers and telecoms worldwide by interconnecting the world’s premier satellite systems and covering all major regions. C-band capacity is available in the Pacific Ocean Region (174.3°West, 172°East).

SES AMERICOM has a fleet of 16 spacecraft in orbital positions providing service throughout the Americas, across Europe, over the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and throughout Asia.

January 27, 2004



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