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2010 Arthur C. Clarke Lifetime Achievement Award Honours Giuliano Berretta, Chairman of the Board of Eutelsat Communications

April 28, 2010

PARIS and WASHINGTON, D.C., April 28, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — The
Washington D.C.-based Arthur C. Clarke Foundation has honoured Giuliano
Berretta
, Chairman of the Board of Eutelsat Communications, as the 2010
winner of the “Arthur C. Clarke Lifetime Achievement Award”. Bestowed
annually, the Lifetime Achievement Award recognises an individual, a group or
an entity that exemplifies the values and accomplishments of Clarke, the
writer and scientist whose expertise and vision ushered in the age of
satellite communications.

The Award was presented on Tuesday, April 27 at Intelsat’s offices in
Washington D.C. before an invited audience. On the same occasion, the
Foundation’s Innovator Award was bestowed on Dr Simon Pete Worden for his
many decades of leadership in space exploration.

“There is no doubt whatsoever that Sir Arthur would have rejoiced at our
selection of Giuliano Berretta for the 2010 Arthur C. Clarke Lifetime
Achievement Award,” said Foundation chairman Tedson J. Meyers. “Recall, when
Sir Arthur’s paper was published in 1945 in Wireless World, the editor of
this highly authoritative journal warily gave it the title “Extra-Terrestrial
Relays”, whereas the author’s original choice was “The Future of World
Communications”. Few individuals among us today have equalled Giuliano
Berretta
in fulfilling that future, delivering communications to both the
served and underserved across the planet. For us, he is a model for others to
follow, and a splendid choice.”

Giuliano Berretta was selected by the Foundation for his longstanding
advocacy of commercial satellite communications. During his exceptional
career at the European Space Agency and at Eutelsat, the Foundation
considered that three key drivers have constantly motivated his activity: the
pursuit of technical innovation, a quest for developing economically viable
applications of real value for users, and the need to keep focused on a
responsible attitude to resources in space. His own vision and ambition for
the ‘Clarke Belt’ has played a pivotal role in building a global commercial
satellite sector, which has transformed television broadcasting markets, the
performance of global data networks, access to the Internet and the
efficiency of critical relief operations. Eutelsat and Giuliano Berretta’s indebtedness to Clarke was affirmed in 2000 when the company’s SESAT1
satellite was dedicated to him and his vision for the geostationary orbit
mapped out in 1945 in his landmark article in Wireless World.

Past Clarke Lifetime Achievement winners are CBS Evening News anchorman

Walter Cronkite, science fiction writer Ben Bova and first Intelsat director
general, Santiago Astrain.

About Eutelsat Communications

Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is
the holding company of Eutelsat S.A.. With capacity commercialised on 26
satellites that provide coverage over the entire European continent, as well
as the Middle East, Africa, India and significant parts of Asia and the
Americas, Eutelsat is one of the world’s three leading satellite operators in
terms of revenues. At 31 December 2009, Eutelsat’s satellites were
broadcasting more than 3,400 television channels and close to 1,100 radio
stations. More than 1,000 channels broadcast via its HOT BIRD(TM) video
neighbourhood at 13 degrees East which serves over 123 million cable and
satellite homes in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. The Group’s
satellites also serve a wide range of fixed and mobile telecommunications
services, TV contribution markets, corporate networks, and broadband markets
for Internet Service Providers and for transport, maritime and in-flight
markets. Eutelsat’s broadband subsidiary, Skylogic, markets and operates
services through teleports in France and Italy that serve enterprises, local
communities, government agencies and aid organisations in Europe, Africa,
Asia and the Americas. Headquartered in Paris, Eutelsat and its subsidiaries
employ 635 employees from 27 countries.

http://www.eutelsat.com

For information, contact Foundation Secretary Scott Chase at
scottchase@verizon.net or +1-301-879-1613.

    Eutelsat Press Contacts:
    Vanessa O'Connor,
    Tel.: +33(0)1-53-98-37-91,
    voconnor@eutelsat.fr .

    Frederique Gautier,
    Tel.: +33(0)1-53-98-37-91,
    fgautier@eutelsat.fr .

    Investor Relations Contact:
    Lisa Sanders Finas,
    Tel.: +33(0)1-53-98-30-92,
    investors@eutelsat-communications.com .

SOURCE Eutelsat Communications


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