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Thales Alenia Space wins Nilesat-201 satellite contract

03 June 2008

Cannes, June 3, 2008 - Thales Alenia Space today announced the signature of a contract with Nilesat, the Egyptian satellite company, to provide the Nilesat-201 broadcasting communication satellite and associated services and ground stations.

As prime contractor, Thales Alenia Space will be in charge of the design, manufacturing, test and in-orbit acceptance of the satellite. In addition, Thales Alenia Space will provide satellite and mission control system for the Nilesat stations in both Cairo and Alexandria.

Nilesat-201 will enable to provide digital Direct to the Home (DTH) TV and radio broadcasting services and high-speed data transmission services over North Africa, Middle East and Gulf area, starting in February 2010.

Based on a Spacebus 4000B2 platform, Nilesat-201 will carry Ku and Ka-band transponders and will be located at 7 degree West. With a lifetime of more than 15 years, the satellite will have a launch mass of 3.2 tons and will deliver 5.7 kW of payload power end of life.

Nilesat-201 will carry 24 BSS Ku-band transponders over North Africa and Middle East, plus 4 Ka-Band channels over North Africa and the Gulf region.

Mr.Amin Basyouni, CEO of Nilesat added: "Nilesat 201 will contribute into the boost development in the dynamic broadcasting markets in the Middle East and North Africa, which is represented by the currently existing 435 TV channels delivered by Nilesat satellites at 7ºW the hot spot of the region, this mission surely would need a reliable platform as the one provided by Thales Alenia Space, which has earned an impressive reputable heritage in the satellites market."

"As provider of Nilesat's first two satellite payloads, we are delighted that Nilesat reiterates its confidence in our company with this satellite contract," said Reynald Seznec, President and CEO of Thales Alenia Space. "This order highlights the dynamic demand for 3-ton class satellites and the adequate positioning of our Spacebus 4000 platform in the satellite communications market."

Nilesat-201 is the 17th Spacebus 4000 satellite ordered from Thales Alenia Space since the introduction of the platform, over 4 years ago.

About Nilesat
The Egyptian Satellites Company (Nilesat) is the major satellite operator in the Middle East and North Africa, based in Cairo, Egypt, currently operates two satellites Nilesat 101 and Nilesat 102 at the orbital location 7ºW, in addition to the leased capacity on Nilesat 103. Nilesat provides its services to 435 TV channels and 101 Radio services, by this amount of services, Nilesat's neighborhood at 7ºW is the highest in terms of viewer ship among the other operators in the region.

About Thales Alenia Space
The European leader in satellite systems and a major player in orbital infrastructures, Thales Alenia Space is a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Finmeccanica (33%). Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio embody the two groups' "Space Alliance". Thales Alenia Space sets the global standard in solutions for space telecoms, radar and optical Earth observation, defense and security, navigation and science. The company has a total of 7,200 employees and 11 industrial sites, with locations in France, Italy, Spain and Belgium. www.thalesaleniaspace.com

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