PRESS RELEASES 2004


EUTELSAT SUPPORTS EXPANSION OF MULTICHOICE AFRICA’s DStv PAY-TV PLATFORM
Eutelsat optimises its multi-satellite neighbourhood at 36 degrees East to boost capacity for video broadcasting in Africa


Paris 14 December 2004
Eutelsat, one of the world’s leading satellite operators, today announced the conclusion of a new agreement with MultiChoice Africa, for satellite capacity which will enable MultiChoice to expand its DStv pay-TV offering in sub-Saharan Africa.

Through capacity selected in 2000 by MultiChoice Africa on W4, Africa’s leading pay-TV operator has built a subscriber base of over 170,000 homes which can receive over 50 television and 30 radio programmes catering for English, Portuguese, Indian and French-speaking communities. In order to support the continued expansion of DStv, Eutelsat reconfigured its SESAT 1 satellite, which is copositioned with W4, so that subscribers can receive additional services through the same antenna.
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EUTELSAT STATEMENT ON AL MANAR

Paris 14 December 2004
Following the decision announced on December 13 by the French Council of State (Conseil d’Etat) to instruct Eutelsat to terminate transmissions in France of Al Manar in a multiplex operated by ARABSAT on Eutelsat’s HOT BIRD™ 4 satellite, Eutelsat has been formally notified by ARABSAT that Al Manar has itself voluntarily taken the decision to cease broadcasting on HOT BIRD™ 4.
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EUTELSAT DENOUNCES ANY LINK BETWEEN ITS BUSINESS ACTIVITIES AND FRAUDULENT PRACTICES USING THE 00 88 213 DIALLING CODE

Paris 8 December 2004
Information has been circulating in the media over the past few days relating to fraudulent practices conducted over the Internet, where people are sent an invoice and encouraged to dial a telephone number that begins with the dialling code 00 88 213. Eutelsat’s name has sometimes been associated with this information under the pretext that Eutelsat is distributor of the “emsat” messaging service run by the Italian operator Telespazio and commercialised by Eutelsat for use by professional road-haulage and fishing-fleet customers in Europe.


Eutelsat wishes to clarify immediately and unequivocally that there is no link whatsoever between its business activities and the fraud being reported in the media.
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Chinasatcom and Eutelsat Italia/Skylogic announce strategic partnership for satellite connectivity between China and Italy

ChinaSatcom and Skylogic create a two-way broadband network to connect businesses, trade and government agencies

Beijing, 6 December 2004
Skylogic, the broadband affiliate of Eutelsat, one of the world’s leading satellite operators, and the Chinese leading telecommunications operator ChinaSatcom today signed an historic partnership agreement for two-way satellite communications between China and Italy for businesses, government agencies and other users in both countries.

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Eutelsat-EuroNews partnership in Asia

29 November 2004, launch of EuroNews in Asia through Eutelsat’s W5 satellite

EuroNews, the European news channel – received today in 154 million homes in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North and South America – increases its presence worldwide, now being broadcast with two signals in Asia through Eutelsat’s W5 satellite. Thanks to this new distribution, EuroNews, in its seven language versions, is available 24 hours a day throughout the Asian continent.

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STANDARD AND POOR’S RAISES ITS CREDIT RATING ON EUTELSAT’S LONG-TERM DEBT FROM BBB TO BBB+

Following Eutelsat’s strong financial performance over the 2003/2004 financial year, the agency is raising its credit rating on the company’s long-term debt to BBB+. S&P says the outlook for Eutelsat is stable, and the A-2 rating on short-term debt has been confirmed.
Paris, 27 October 2004.

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THE HOT BIRD™ TV AWARDS 2004
RECOGNISES EXCELLENCE OF THEMATIC SATELLITE BROADCASTING IN EUROPE

Paris, Venice 2 October 2004
The winners of the seventh HOT BIRD™ TV AWARDS were today announced at a ceremony in the prestigious setting of Venice’s La Fenice theatre. Organised by Eutelsat and Eurovisioni, and sponsored by EADS Astrium, Arianespace, ESA, ILS and Telespazio, the HOT BIRD™ TV Awards is an annual event recognising the excellence of thematic television. The winners were selected by a jury of European television journalists who convened in July in Rome to view more than 100 channels broadcasting through Eutelsat’s satellites separated into thematic categories: News, Cinema & Fiction, Culture, Documentaries, Kids, Music, Sport, and Various.

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EUTELSAT SHAREHOLDERS APPROVE STREAMLINED CORPORATE GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE WITH NOMINATION OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Giuliano Berretta elected Chairman and CEO

Paris, 24 September 2004
At its Annual General Meeting, held today in Paris, Eutelsat’s shareholders approved the company’s accounts for its 2003/2004 financial year and decided to streamline its corporate governance structure by replacing the 15-member Supervisory Board and four-member Management Board with a single Board of Directors composed of ten members.

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EUTELSAT REPORTS FULL YEAR RESULTS 2003/2004
Eutelsat continues to outperform in the Fixed Satellite Services sector.

Revenues grow by 6.3%, operating result by 9.6%, EBITDA by 10.8%


Paris, 7 September 2004
Eutelsat S.A., one of the world’s leading satellite operators, today announces its consolidated full-year results to 30 June 2004. Consolidated revenue was 760.2 M€, consolidated EBITDA was 598.9 M€, net income was 269.8 M€.

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Eutelsat acquires Rambouillet (France) teleport.
Acquisition includes site, antennas and high-speed fibre link to Paris

Paris, 2 September 2004
Eutelsat today announced the signature of a contract with France Telecom for the acquisition of its teleport in Rambouillet (France) which accommodates one of Europe’s most established ground stations for satellite communications, and where Eutelsat has developed infrastructure and facilities for satellite control, tests and monitoring, as well as for turnkey broadband and mobile services.

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Eutelsat welcomes successful launch of Hispasat's Amazonas satellite

Paris, 5 August 2004
Eutelsat, one of the world’s leading satellite operators and the largest shareholder in Hispasat, welcomes this morning’s successful launch of Hispasat’s Amazonas satellite which marks a milestone in the company’s ongoing expansion in the Americas and the Iberian Peninsula.

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HOT BIRD™ TV Awards 2004:
Nominees Selected by Jury of International Media Journalists

Paris, 26 July 2004
More than 100 thematic satellite television channels broadcast throughout Europe and the Mediterranean Basin have taken part in this year’s HOT BIRD™ TV Awards. This annual event, organised by Eutelsat and Eurovisioni, recognises the excellence of thematic television and its increasing importance in today’s viewing experience for millions of viewers.

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Eutelsat provides satellite broadband access through its Skylogic subsidiary to NetHope’s worldwide members

Aid organisations in Europe, Africa, Asia, Americas gain uniform broadband access through Skylogic’s Turin platform

Paris, 20 July 2004
Eutelsat, one of the world’s leading satellite operators, announced today that it has been selected by NetHope as a supplier for 2-way satellite broadband connectivity for aid organisations in over 100 locations in Europe, Africa, Asia and South America.

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BT Broadcast Services selects Eutelsat's satellite broadband technology for corporate clients throughout Europe

BT opens new opportunities for affordable connectivity solutions to corporates in Europe

London, Paris, 19 July 2004
As part of its strategy to meet demand for broadband from corporate clients throughout the UK and continental Europe, BT Broadcast Services (BTBS), the broadcast and media solutions arm of BT, has selected Eutelsat’s D-STAR service to complement its existing capabilities for two-way broadband.

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Eutelsat denies acquisition of its client, Europe Online S.A.

Paris, 9 July 2004:
Eutelsat wishes to issue an immediate denial of the information released by Dow Jones on 8 July 2004 announcing Eutelsat’s acquisition of Europe Online S.A. operations, one of its clients and distributors of satellite Internet access services.

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Eutelsat official supplier for the 2004 Solitaire Afflelou
Le Figaro sailing race

Eutelsat and Broadservices to provide satellite broadband access for the Portsmouth (UK) and Gijon (Spain) stages of the race

Paris, 1 July 2004
Eutelsat, Europe’s leading satellite operator, and Broadservices, that provides IP connectivity, are together partnering the 35th The Solitaire Afflelou Le Figaro race, which will set off from Caen on 19 July, stopping at Portsmouth (UK), Saint-Gilles Croix de Vie (France), and Gijon (Spain). The finish is scheduled on 15 August in Quiberon (France). For the three to four day stopovers in Portsmouth and Gijon, Eutelsat and Broadservices will deploy and operate a satellite-delivered broadband Wi-Fi and local cable network.

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Eutelsat Supervisory Board proposes streamlined corporate governance structure with creation of Board of Directors

Paris, 2 June 2004
The Supervisory Board of Eutelsat S.A. met yesterday to examine a new approach to the company's structure that would bring it closer to private company common practice and enhance cohesion between shareholders and the management team.

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Mission success for transfer of services to Eutelsat's W3A from W3

Paris 17 May 2004
Eutelsat announced today that its new W3A satellite was successfully brought into full commercial service at 7 degrees East in the nights of May 15 to 16 and May 16 to 17 with the seamless transfer of all traffic to the new satellite from W3.

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The Eutelsat balloon back in the skies of Paris!

Paris, 14 May 2004
Eutelsat and Aeroparis, today announced that the world’s biggest tethered balloon has returned to the skies of Paris. The balloon will be open to the general public from Saturday May 15 in order to offer visitors a breathtaking perspective of the French capital from an altitude of 150 metres.

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Eutelsat shows new satellite-based solutions for regional and international connectivity in Africa and Middle East at ITU Africa

May 4-8, Cairo International Convention Centre
Hall 4, Stand 4431

Paris, 28 April 2004
Eutelsat, one of the world’s leading satellite operators, is set to show an extensive range of satellite capacity and solutions for broadcast, telecommunications and broadband services at ITU Africa 2004 in Cairo.

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EutelTRACS reaches milestone of 25 000 installed terminalsCommercialised by a QUALCOMM-Eutelsat partnership, EutelTRACS provides satellite-based fleet-management solutions to the European road-haulage industry

Paris, 27 April 2004
Produced and marketed by QUALCOMM, world leader in fleet management solutions, and Eutelsat, Europe’s leading satellite operator, the EutelTRACS mobile communications system now serves an installed user-base of more than 25 000 terminals.
The logistics and transport industry contends today with a highly competitive environment, sudden fluctuations in demand, and increasingly restrictive legislation. Faced with this situation, the transport industry is constantly seeking ways of improving responsiveness and cost-effectiveness, which includes ‘always-on’ efficiency and real-time information management and control.

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Satellites join broadband debate by European telecommunications ministers and industry CEOs

Eutelsat CEO, Giuliano Berretta, contributes to discussions on broadband at European Union conference

Paris, 21 April 2004
Giuliano Berretta, CEO of Eutelsat, Europe’s largest satellite operator, is one of 10 chief executives from the TMT sector to contribute to a roundtable debate with telecommunications ministers from throughout the EU and the accession States at an Informal Ministerial Conference organised by the Irish Presidency of the European Union on 22 April.

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EBU doubles satellite capacity with Eutelsat for
Athens Olympic Games

Geneva, Paris, 7 April 2004
Eutelsat and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the world’s largest professional association of national broadcasters, today announced the signature of a contract for four wideband transponders that will be used by the EBU for television coverage of the upcoming Athens Olympic Games.

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Russian Satellite Communications Company and Eutelsat sign a lifetime leasing contract for capacity on new Russian EXPRESS AM22 satellite

Paris, 17 March 2004
Eutelsat has signed a contract with the RSCC (Russian Satellite Communications Company) for lifetime lease of 12 Ku-band transponders on the RSCC’s Express AM22 satellite that was launched on 29 December 2003 and went into operation on 9 March at 53 degrees East in geostationary orbit. The contract was signed in Moscow on 16 March between Giuliano Berretta, Eutelsat CEO, and Yuri Ismaylov, Acting Director General of the RSCC.

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Eutelsat’s W3A satellite lofted
into space by a proton rocket
from the Baikonur Cosmodrome

Unique technology mix equips W3A for serving Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, and increases Eutelsat’s capacity over sub-Saharan Africa by 43 per cent

Paris, 16 March 2004
Eutelsat today announced that its W3A communications satellite has been successfully launched by a Proton rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome..

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Eutelsat announces results for first half-year 2003/2004Eutelsat continues to benefit from the strategy pursued in 2002 and 2003 to increase in-orbit resources on select key markets.

Paris, 15 March 2004 :
Eutelsat, one of the world’s leading satellite operators, today announced consolidated results for the first six months of its 2003/2004 financial year (to 31 December 2003).

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Eutelsat appoints Robert Feierbach as Executive Director of its SKYLOGIC affiliate

Turin, 9 March 2004
Eutelsat S.A. is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Feierbach as new Executive Director of its wholly-owned IP services affiliate, Skylogic Italia, headquartered in Turin. Mr. Feierbach will be responsible for the company's overall commercial, operational and financial performance, and will also have an executive function as a member of Skylogic Italia’s Board of Directors.

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W3A, Eutelsat’s largest satellite delivered to Baikonur Cosmodrome for March launch

Eutelsat’s new satellite leaves EADS Astrium in Toulouse on February 11. Launch from Baikonur on schedule for March 16.

Paris, 10 February 2004
Eutelsat today announced that construction of its W3A communications satellite is now complete and that the satellite will be delivered tomorrow by EADS Astrium to the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The satellite is scheduled for launch on March 16 by a Proton rocket supplied by International Launch Services. W3A will be positioned in orbit at 7 degrees East which is currently occupied by Eutelsat’s W3 satellite. In addition to enhancing the coverage of Europe provided through W3 and extending reach into sub-Saharan Africa, W3A will introduce innovative technologies to Eutelsat’s 7 degrees East location including Skyplex on-board processing and Ka-band frequencies.
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Eutelsat consortium preselected for Galileo concession

Eutelsat, together with partners including LogicaCMG, Hispasat, Fiat and AENA shortlisted by the Galileo Joint Undertaking

Paris, 6 February 2004
The Galileo Joint Undertaking today announced in Brussels that the consortium formed principally by Eutelsat, LogicaCMG, Hispasat, Fiat and AENA (Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea) has been preselected for the next phase of the Galileo Concession.

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Cooperation between Eutelsat and the CSA

Paris, 3 February 2004
At a meeting this morning with the French broadcasting authority, the Conseil Supérieur de l’Audiovisuel (CSA), Eutelsat, the satellite telecommunications networks operator, reaffirmed its wish to cooperate fully with the Haute Autorité in terms of its present and future areas of responsibility.

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