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September 4, 2012
Satellite Industry CEOs, Top Executives to Meet in Paris

Paris, Aug. 30, 2012—CEOs and other key decision makers from the world’s foremost companies and government agencies in the global satellite industry will meet again in Paris at the annual must-attend senior leadership event, the World Satellite Business Week, Sept. 10-14, 2012.

The week-long umbrella event draws over 500 top executive speakers and delegates from 40 countries to discuss market opportunities, strike partnerships and conclude major deals. The event includes the 10th Symposium on Market Forecasts, the 16th World Summit for Satellite Financing, and the 4th Symposium for Earth Observation Business, all of which are produced and organized by Euroconsult, the leading international research and analyst firm specializing in the satellite sector.

The World Summit for Satellite Financing promises to be a particularly interesting and animated event this year. Despite the difficult economic environment, satellite operators continued to post solid revenue growth and margins last year, while they are involved in large investment programs. These investments will result in the deployment of large capacities in the coming years, including through new generation HTS systems. Ambitious strategies conducted both by leading and regional operators will likely result in growing competitive pressure. While communication and broadcasting needs in emerging regions should continue to represent the growth engine for the satellite sector, the balance between supply and demand will be under pressure in several world regions. On the industrial side, a potential slowdown in satellite orders is anticipated compared to the peak levels of 2009-2010 and could represent a challenge in the competitive commercial satellite market.

The CEOs, CFOs and other business leaders from the operators, manufacturers, launchers, service providers and financiers driving and shaping the industry will come together to share their insights and opinions on the nature and impact of these dynamics and their potential to change the face of the industry and individual companies. Firms represented this year will include SES, Eutelsat, Intelsat, Telesat, Inmarsat, Sky Perfect JSAT, Arabsat, RSCC, Iridium, Hughes Network Systems, ViaSat, Lockheed Martin, Astrium, Boeing, Thales Alenia Space, Arianespace, Morgan Stanley, Société Générale, Ex-Im and Coface among others.

The two-day Symposium on Earth Observation Business will feature senior executives from the government agencies and commercial enterprises that are defining the market for remote sensing. Sales of satellite-based Earth observation (EO) data continued to increase last year. While growth was largely supported by usage for military agencies in theUS and partlyEurope, it is increasingly supported by demand in other world regions for both military and civil applications, as well as for the enterprise market. This growth is currently attracting investments to the sector, with new operators backed by a mix of private and government stakeholders eyeing the market.

On the industrial side, the involvement of more countries in the EO domain, combined with sustained investments by leading space powers should result in the building of more than 239 EO satellites over the next ten years. While most programs will remain captive and reserved to national manufacturers, a growing export market should be observed. Among challenges, pressure on government spending in a number of

countries could impact the market in the coming years. Sustained demand and increasing competition should be the way forward, and could result in more M&A transactions and strategic partnerships across the value chain.

The conference will bring together senior executives and senior government officials from Google, TomTom, European Space Agency, CNES, NGA, NOAA, DigitalGlobe, GeoEye, Astrium / GEO Information, DMCii, Ball Aerospace, Orbital Sciences Corp, Zodiac Aerospace, Satrec Initiatives,PASCO, ScanEx and Beijing Eastdawn, among others. These business and government leaders will discuss current market dynamics and how they will play out to shape the challenges and opportunities of the future.

World Satellite Business Week will begin with the 10th Symposium on Market Forecasts, a half-day session on September 10. The 16th World Summit for Satellite Financing will follow immediately on September 11-13, and the 4th Symposium on Earth Observation Business will be held from September 13-14. For the full conference program, visit www.satellite-business.com.

About Euroconsult

Euroconsult is the leading international fully independent consulting and analyst firm specialized in satellite applications, communications, space and Earth observation. Our analysts provide strategic, financial and regulatory assessments for space-related activities through three principal activities:

 Customized consulting projects, designed to respond to clients’ specific needs

 Research reports and other strategic decision-making tools

 Summits, bringing together the industry’s leaders

Euroconsult’s clients include more than 500 public and private sector entities in 50 countries and represent all levels of the satellite industry value chain, including global and regionalFSS,MSS, broadband and Earth observation operators, service providers, media and broadcasting companies, satellite manufacturers launchers, banks & investors and government agencies.

Euroconsult has offices inParis,MontrealandWashingtonD.C.  www.euroconsult-ec.com.

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