Upstar Comunicacoes Selects Eutelsat to Broadcast "ZAP", The New Satellite TV Bouquet of Angola

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Upstar Comunicacoes Selects Eutelsat to Broadcast "ZAP", The New Satellite TV Bouquet of Angola

PARIS, March 2, 2010--     Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) announced today that it has
signed a major contract with UPSTAR Comunicacoes for satellite capacity for
the broadcasting of ZAP pay-TV platform, expected to launch shortly in
Angola. UPSTAR Comunicacoes is a joint venture between ZON Multimedia, one of
the leading Portuguese media groups and the Angolan group SOCIP. The
five-year contract covers the lease of five Ku-band transponders on the
Southern Africa beam of Eutelsat's W7 satellite which began operational
service in January this year.

    ZAP will assemble a strong component of channels in Portuguese, and will
drive innovation into content broadcast in high definition. It will include a
"Max package" of 50 channels and a "Premium package" of 80 channels with a
mix of channels featuring TV series, films, music, children's programmes,
news, sports and documentaries.

    Content for ZAP will be uplinked to Eutelsat's W7 satellite from UPSTAR's
teleports, in Luanda and in Vendas Novas, Portugal. The high power of W7's
African beam will enable reception across Angola with small antennas. User
equipment will include a 60-cm dish connected to decoders equipped with
Nagravision encryption and a HD-DVR with 250 hours of storage capacity. To
optimise bandwidth usage, channels will be broadcast in DVB-S2 with MPEG4
compression.

    "With Eutelsat's W7 satellite now on stream, we are equipped with
perfectly suited in-orbit resources for the launch of ZAP, the Angolan pay-TV
platform able to address households nationwide with state-of-the-art
technology," said Nuno Aguiar, CEO of ZAP. "Eutelsat's W7 satellite meets our
precise requirements for building a pay-TV network across Angola using small
consumer terminals. The availability of this powerful new satellite marks a
critical step forward towards the launch of a compelling new product in the
audiovisual landscape."

    Olivier Millies-Lacroix, Eutelsat's Commercial Director, responded: "This
new contract underscores the continuing dynamic of digital television across
sub-Saharan Africa. The high-power African beams on our new W7 satellite
represent a substantial asset for broadcasters operating in these markets,
providing the means to extend their service and audience reach in Africa and
meeting growing consumer demand for an enhanced television experience. We are
delighted to welcome ZAP onto W7 and to accompany the development of a new
player in Angola's broadcasting market."

    About Eutelsat Communications

    Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is
the holding company of Eutelsat S.A.. With capacity commercialised on 27
satellites that provide coverage over the entire European continent, as well
as the Middle East, Africa, India and significant parts of Asia and the
Americas, Eutelsat is one of the world's three leading satellite operators in
terms of revenues. At 31 December 2009, Eutelsat's satellites were
broadcasting more than 3,400 television channels and close to 1,100 radio
stations. More than 1,000 channels broadcast via its HOT BIRD(TM) video
neighbourhood at 13 degrees East which serves over 123 million cable and
satellite homes in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. The Group's
satellites also serve a wide range of fixed and mobile telecommunications
services, TV contribution markets, corporate networks, and broadband markets
for Internet Service Providers and for transport, maritime and in-flight
markets. Eutelsat's broadband subsidiary, Skylogic, markets and operates
services through teleports in France and Italy that serve enterprises, local
communities, government agencies and aid organisations in Europe, Africa,
Asia and the Americas. Headquartered in Paris, Eutelsat and its subsidiaries
employ 635 employees from 27 countries.

    http://www.eutelsat.com

   
    Eutelsat Press Contacts
    Vanessa O'Connor
    Tel: +33(0)1-53-98-38-88
    voconnor@eutelsat.fr

    Frederique Gautier
    Tel: +33(0)1-53-98-38-88
    fgautier@eutelsat.fr

    Eutelsat Investor Relations
    Gilles Janvier
    Tel: +33(0)1-53-98-35-30
    investors@eutelsat-communications.com

Source: Eutelsat Communications

Eutelsat Press Contacts: Vanessa O'Connor, Tel: +33(0)1-53-98-38-88, voconnor@eutelsat.fr;  Frederique Gautier, Tel: +33(0)1-53-98-38-88, fgautier@eutelsat.fr; Eutelsat Investor Relations: Gilles Janvier, Tel: +33(0)1-53-98-35-30, investors@eutelsat-communications.com

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