From: Loral Skynet
Posted: Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Skynet North American Capabilities Include Two Satellites and Leased Capacity Covering North America
BEDMINSTER, NJ - March 20, 2006 - Loral Skynet, a subsidiary of Loral Space & Communications (NASDAQ: LORL), today announced that as of March 18, 2006, it has resumed offering fixed satellite services (FSS) to customers in North America.
"Having the ability to once again offer our FSS services in North America is a major milestone in Skynet's growth strategy," said Patrick Brant, president of Loral Skynet. "Most of Skynet's history and consistent reputation for superior customer service has been as an FSS provider in the U.S. We intend to vigorously market our heritage services in this newly available region, in addition to providing our successful IP-focused network services."
Pursuant to the terms of Loral's agreement to sell certain of its North American assets to Intelsat in March 2004, Skynet was precluded from offering basic FSS capacity leasing services in North America for two years.
Brant continued, "Loral Skynet operates a global satellite fleet, now offering complete bandwidth services in every major geographic region. With the resumption of service in North America, Skynet's portfolio of satellite services offers customers complete global communications services, from basic capacity leases to the latest in IP-powered hybrid satellite and terrestrial network services."
Loral Skynet currently operates two satellites that provide coverage of North America. Telstar 14/Estrela do Sul offers Ku-band capacity across North America and Telstar 12 offers Ku-band capacity to as far West as Denver. Skynet also offers FSS service on transponders it leases across the North American arc, including four transponders it will operate aboard Satmex 6, a high-power C- and Ku-band satellite covering all of the Americas, which is scheduled to begin service this summer.
In addition, Loral Skynet recently announced the start of construction on Telstar 11N, a powerful new multi-region Ku-band communications satellite to be located at 37.5 degrees West longitude. When it enters service in the second quarter of 2008, Telstar 11N will provide service from 39 high-power 54 MHz Ku-band transponders spread across four different geographic beams in each of North and Central America, including the U.S., Europe, Africa and the maritime Atlantic Ocean Region. Telstar 11N will complement the coverage of Skynet's Telstar 12 satellite at 15 degrees West longitude, which provides Ku-band trans-Atlantic coverage to an array of commercial and governmental users.
A pioneer in the satellite industry, Loral Skynet delivers the superior service quality and range of satellite solutions that have made it an industry leader for more than 40 years. Through the broad coverage of the Telstar satellite fleet, in combination with its hybrid VSAT/fiber global network infrastructure, Skynet meets the needs of companies around the world for broadcast and data network services, Internet access, IP and systems integration. Headquartered in Bedminster, New Jersey, Loral Skynet is dedicated to providing secure, high-quality connectivity and communications. For more information, visit the Loral Skynet web site at www.loralskynet.com.
In addition to being the parent company of Loral Skynet, Loral Space & Communications is a world-class leader in the design and manufacture of satellites and satellite systems for commercial and government applications through its Space Systems/Loral subsidiary. For more information, visit the Loral Space & Communications web site at www.loral.com.
This document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. In addition, Loral Space & Communications Inc. or its representatives have made or may make forward-looking statements, orally or in writing, which may be included in, but are not limited to, various filings made from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, press releases or oral statements made with the approval of an authorized executive officer of the company. Actual results could differ materially from those projected or suggested in any forward-looking statements as a result of a wide variety of factors and conditions. Many of these factors and conditions are also described in the section of the annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2004 of Loral Space & Communications Ltd. (the predecessor registrant to the company) ("Ltd."), entitled "Commitments and Contingencies," and the company's and Ltd.'s other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The reader is specifically referred to these documents.
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