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Alcatel To Build Satellite For APT (Dec. 13)



PARIS---Alcatel Space, a world leader in space technology, has signed a $118 million contract with the APT Satellite Holdings Limited (APT), a leading satellite operator in the Asia Pacific region, to design, manufacture and deliver a high-capacity telecommunication satellite and its associated ground segment.

Alcatel Space will supply its advanced SB4000 geo-stationary telecommunications satellite for APT's APSTAR VB project. With 50 Ku-band and C-band transponders, the satellite offers APT the capability to provide advanced broadband multimedia, new digital television services and traditional telecommunications services to telecom and television operators in the Asia Pacific region.

The transponders are tailor-made for APT based on the latest space technology, enabling the powerful commercial satellite to have a footprint that extends over almost the whole Asia Pacific region from India, China to Australia, increasing terrestrial reception quality and reducing the size of satellite receiving dishes. China is covered with a dedicated high power Ku-band beam for broadband multimedia transmission.

Chen Zhaobin, executive director and president of APT said, "The powerful satellite and the advanced technology provided by Alcatel will enable us to offer more value-added services, such as broadband or multimedia in telecommunication and broadcasting, to our customers."

Listed on the Hong Kong and New York stock exchanges, APT Satellite Holdings Limited is a leading provider of high-quality satellite transponder and telecommunications network services. Through its Satellite Control Center in Tai Po, Hong Kong, the Group currently operates three in-orbit geostationary satellites comprising Apstar I, Apstar and Apstar IIR. We expect to launch Apstar V, a high power satellite in the middle of 2003 to replace the Apstar I. The Group is also committed to constructing Apstar VB as the backup satellite for Apstar V.

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 geo-stationary 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 Euro 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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Alcatel Space To Design And Build Telecom Satellite For APT