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Brazil's Star One Picks Alcatel Space (Oct. 10)



PARIS---The Brazilian satellite operator Star One has just selected Alcatel Space to build a new regional telecommunication satellite system in the Ku-Band for Latin America.

Based on a SpaceBus 3000B3 platform, the satellite will be delivered in 27 months and positioned at 67°W longitude. The satellite, the first of C-series - Ku Band, with 44 equivalent 36 MHz high power Ku-band transponders will provide multimedia and high speed internet capacity to South America.

Edson Soffiatti, Chief Executive Officer of Star One said : "This is the beginning of the implementation of our vision towards expanding Star One geographically, becoming a strong satellite operator in South America".

Jean-Claude Husson, Alcatel Space President and Chief Executive Officer stated in connection with the prime contract announcement : " I am very pleased that Alcatel Space has been chosen to build a new regional telecommunication satellite for Latin America. The most important Brazilian operator, Star One, is a new client for us and we are proud to help increase its satellite fleet. This export contract is also a very good opportunity for Alcatel Space in this high potential Latin American market."

Star One is the largest company in Latin America focusing on solution via satellite. Formerly an Embratel business unit, this company was incorporated in December 2000 and is the outcome of a partnership between Embratel controlled by US-based WorldCom, and the Société Européenne des Satellites SA (SES) / Astra headquartered in Luxembourg. Embratel hold 80% and Astra 20% of the capital of Star One.

Star One ranks eleventh among the global geostationary satellite carriers. Further competitiveness edges of Star One are the optimum orbital position of its five satellites, vis-à-vis the Latin American market and the top quality customer services.

Alcatel Space ranks among the world's leading space systems prime contractors. Leveraging its dual expertise in civil and military applications, Alcatel Space develops satellite technology solutions for telecommunications, navigation, optical and radar observation, meteorology, and scientific applications.

Alcatel Space established its world leadership in satellite orders in 2000, winning the most orders for geostationary communications satellites, with a total of 10 satellites (27% of the market). A fully-owned subsidiary of Alcatel (100%), Alcatel Space generated 2000 revenues of 1.4 billion euros and has 6,000 employees.

Alcatel builds next generation networks, delivering integrated end-to-end voice and data networking solutions to established and new carriers, as well as enterprises and consumers worldwide. With sales of EURO 31 billion in 2000 and 110,000 employees and, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries.

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Star One Selects Alcatel Space to Enlarge Satellite Fleet