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ProtoStar and Intersputnik Finalize Joint Orbital Location Services Agreement

San Francisco, CA, September 5, 2008 - ProtoStar I Ltd., a subsidiary of Bermuda-based ProtoStar Ltd., confirmed the signing of an Orbital Location services agreement with the INTERSPUTNIK International Organization of Space Communications (Intersputnik) of Russia to provide for Ku and C band services from the ProtoStar I satellite in Asia from a position at 98.5° East Longitude under the INTERSPUTNIK-98.5ECK ITU filing.  The agreement with Intersputnik has been formally filed with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and reflects an expanding working relationship between ProtoStar and Intersputnik.

Agreements between the parties were reached prior to ProtoStar I’s successful launch by Arianespace on July 7, 2008, from the European Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, on board an Ariane 5 rocket.  ProtoStar is proud to announce that the ProtoStar I spacecraft has successfully completed its in-orbit testing.  Commercial service is expected to start on October 1, 2008, with capacity being leased primarily to direct-to-home (DTH), broadband Internet and GSM cellular backhaul service providers across South and Southeast Asia.

ProtoStar II, currently under construction at Boeing, is expected to be launched in the first quarter of 2009 on a Proton Breeze M rocket provided by International Launch Services (ILS). 

The footprints of ProtoStar I and II across Asia have been customized to meet the immediate and long-term needs of its anchor DTH operator customers and are being positioned in orbital slots that will provide coverage to South Asia, South East Asia and Indochina, an area with a population of over 3 billion.

About ProtoStar
ProtoStar I, a Bermuda company, is a member of the ProtoStar Ltd. group of companies which were formed to acquire and operate high-power geostationary satellites optimized for DTH satellite television in the Asia-Pacific region. The ProtoStar group of companies is led by seasoned veterans from the satellite, direct-to-home television, telecommunications and finance industries.  For more information please visit: www.protostarsat.com.

About Intersputnik Established in 1971 under the intergovernmental agreement, Intersputnik is an international system and organization of satellite communications headquartered in Moscow, Russia. The Organization’s mission is to contribute to the strengthening and development of economic, scientific, technical and cultural relations by communications as well as by radio and television broadcasting via satellites; cooperation and coordination of efforts of the member-countries in designing, establishing, operating and developing an international satellite communications system. Intersputnik can be joined by the government of any state which shares the Organization’s principles of activity. Today, Intersputnik has twenty five member countries.



Reid Stephenson


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