Intelsat, Telespazio and Hughes Europe Launch New Satellite Broadband Service

Pembroke, Bermuda, September 11, 2006

Intelsat, Telespazio and Hughes Network Systems Europe (Hughes Europe) today announced they are cooperating in the launch of a new satellite broadband service platform to provide high-quality broadband IP connectivity, primarily serving Italian corporations with locations in Eastern Europe. Each location will be equipped with a Hughes very small aperture terminal (VSAT) to access satellite broadband service with guaranteed levels of service.

Intelsat is providing capacity on the IS-901 satellite located at 342°E; Telespazio (Finmeccanica/Alcatel Company) is providing Internet backbone connectivity and managing operations from its teleport in Fucino, Italy; and Hughes is supplying the recently launched HN7000S product platform with DVB-S2 including a NOC (Network Operations Center) and broadband satellite routers, plus related services. End-user services will be marketed through Telespazio’s and Hughes Europe’s retail service provider sales channels.

The new service platform will provide integrated networks to corporate enterprises incorporating fast Internet access, data and voice links, VoIP, and VPN solutions, giving them all the advantages of broadband connectivity, even where terrestrial infrastructure is not available.

“This service offering is a perfect illustration of Intelsat’s strategy to be a reliable wholesale supplier to its customers and to work in cooperation with them, enabling the deployment of new, flexible communications services in various parts of the world,” said Intelsat’s Stephen Spengler, Senior Vice President Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific Sales. “Telespazio and Hughes Europe are important customers and trusted communications providers that we knew would share our commitment to providing superior connectivity services.”

“Hughes Europe is proud to be a contributor to this broadband service,” said Luigi Pagni, Vice President, Hughes Europe. “Hughes technology is leading the way for enterprises and governments around the world to realize the benefits of an ever-growing suite of value-added broadband solutions, such as digital signage and other retail media networks, staff communications solutions, content distribution, access continuity and managed network services.”

“With the launch of this new broadband satellite service platform, our company intends to further reinforce its position in the international market, contributing to enhancing competitiveness in areas with a high potential for growth, but not always an adequate terrestrial communication infrastructure,” said Telespazio’s CEO, Giuseppe Veredice.