Telstra Contracts PanAmSat For Satellite Services

Telstra Contracts PanAmSat For Satellite Services

GREENWICH, CONNECTICUT, U.S.A., 1997 JUL 2 (NB) — REPEAT/By Bill Pietrucha. Telstra Corp., Australia’s leading full service domestic and international telecommunications provider, isn’t letting any grass grow beneath its corporate feet. Coinciding with the opening of Australia’s domestic satellite services market, the company today contracted with PanAmSat Corp. [NASDAQ:SPOT] to use its the Greenwich, Connecticut-based company’s PAS-2 Pacific Ocean Region satellite to bolster Telstra’s ability to offer digital voice, video and data communications services in Australia.

According to Andrew Jordan, PanAmSat’s senior vice president for Asia, Australia’s AAPT Sat-Tel also contracted with PanAmSat to use the PAS-2 satellite.

The new service agreements, with Telstra and AAPT Sat-Tel, are PanAmSat’s first to provide satellite capacity for domestic use in Australia, Jordan said.

PanAmSat’s PAS-2 satellite will provide Telstra and AAPT Sat-Tel with high-power Ku-band coverage throughout Australia, Jordan said, and the added capability of transmitting to Australia directly from north Asia and the western United States.

Telstra will use two transponders on PanAmSat’s PAS-2 Ku-band Australia/ New Zealand beam, which provides comprehensive, high-powered coverage of both countries.

Jordan said Telstra will use the satellite capacity for several service applications, including continued support and expansion of its voice and data communications networks, and a satellite-based location and messaging service for the trucking industry, based on the OmniTRACS service developed by Qualcomm, Inc.

Telstra also will use the satellite for video communications between customer office sites and offshore locations, and the delivery of US Internet information to Internet service providers and DirecPC household subscribers in Australia.

AAPT Sat-Tel will initially use one transponder on PAS-2’s Australia/New Zealand beam. The company will also offer services including personal earth stations that support private satellite-hubbed networks for wide area networking of data, voice, multimedia and one-way video broadcast communications; high speed Internet services to regional locations; and multipoint videoconferencing and interactive distance learning to create a virtual classroom for geographically dispersed sites.

MCI is also contracting with PanAmSat. Under a separate agreement, MCI will use up to three Ku-band transponders on two PanAmSat domestic US satellites to build and deploy a nationwide satellite communications network for the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

MCI will utilize one transponder on PanAmSat’s SBS 6 Ku-band satellite in August to start operation of the FAA Telecommunications Satellite (FAATSAT) program, which was awarded to MCI in 1996. The FAATSAT system will consist of a nationwide, satellite-based communications network designed to enhance the transmission of radar information; computer, navigational and weather data; and air traffic controller-to-pilot communications throughout the United States.

FAATSAT operations later will migrate from SBS 6 to PanAmSat’s Galaxy X satellite, following that satellite’s launch mid-1998, and expand capacity to two Ku-band transponders with an option for a third. Galaxy X is an HS 601 satellite with 24 C-band and 24 Ku-band transponders offering extensive coverage of the United States, including Alaska.

PanAmSat plans PanAmSat plans to launch seven additional satellites by late 1998, including Galaxy X and the upcoming launch of the PAS-5 Atlantic Ocean Region satellite this summer, Carl A. Brown, PanAmSat’s executive vice president, said.

(19970702/Press Contact: Kevin Burgoyne, PanAmSat Corp., 203-622-6664. Reported by Newsbytes News Network: http://www.newsbytes.com)

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