PanAmSat Names Direct on PC ‘Regional Partner of the Year’

Wilton, 27 March 2006

PanAmSat (NYSE: PA) has selected Direct on PC Ltd. as its “2005 Regional Partner of the Year” for the company’s commitment to providing high-quality, affordable, satellite-based broadband service solutions. Direct on PC is one of the largest and fastest-growing Internet service providers(ISP) in Nigeria, providing connectivity to businesses and consumers in Nigeria and West Africa. PanAmSat works with local partners in Africa to deliver voice, video and data solutions in the expanding market.

“Direct on PC has consistently outperformed as an ISP, delivering innovative Internet solutions in a developing market. That is one of the many reasons why we have named them our ‘Regional Partner of the Year,’” said Mike Antonovich, executive vice president of PanAmSat. “The company approaches its markets with bold and creative satellite-based answers to existing needs that enable it to be competitive and provide outstanding customer service.”

Direct on PC is a subsidiary of Bhojraj Chanrai Group and has been in operation since 2002. For the past three consecutive years, the company has won the Nigerian Information Technology & Telecom Awards for Best ISP. The company also won the 2004 Nigeria ISP Awards for Best National Coverage ISP, Best Rural Centric ISP, and Best Consumer Broad Band ISP.

“We are grateful and honored to receive this award from PanAmSat,” said Mahesh Sadhwani, vice chairman of Direct on PC. “PanAmSat has been an outstanding partner for us, and we look forward to continuing our long-standing relationship.”

PanAmSat and Direct on PC expanded their relationship in September 2005 when Direct on PC selected PanAmSat’s PAS-1R Atlantic Ocean Region satellite as the foundation for its new hub/earth station. Designed specifically to support the bandwidth-intensive needs of the business community, the hub provides connectivity for various business-wide area network applications, such as VSAT, voice over IP and other IP services.