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Eutelsat Satellite Broadband Selected for Free Public Internet Access in Albania

October 3, 2012

PARIS, October 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) today announced that its satellite
broadband service has been chosen by the Albanian Government via the Albanian Postal
Service to connect 850 post offices, schools and local government offices in rural areas
to the Internet as part of the “Digital Age of Communications Agenda” initiated to
increase free public Internet access for Albanian citizens.

Eutelsat’s Skylogic affiliate has teamed up with its longstanding partner in Albania,
Tring Communications, to equip schools and post offices with the Tooway broadband service
powered by the KA-SAT satellite. The first of a total 1,000 access points are currently
being deployed, using an 8 Mbps satellite service that enables users to benefit from the
Internet for information and education and to access services that include video
streaming. The schools and post offices benefiting from Tooway are located across Albania,
including in the most rural and hard-to reach areas that are easily served by a satellite
service.

Tring Communications is the newest brand of Albanian Satellite Communications (ASC), a
private company headquartered in Tirana with operating facilities around the region.

Albania’s Prime minister, Prof. Dr. Sali Berisha, commented on the project: “We have a
very special terrain in our country and it is important that our villages, towns and
cities do not suffer and are not discriminated against because the private sector does not
wish to invest in a broadband infrastructure in these difficult or remote areas. By
licensing private companies to build their own networks, the government has expanded the
broadband infrastructure. The last mile can now be completed by the public sector or in
partnership with the private sector. It can also be assigned to the private sector by the
Albanian Postal Service. As a result, we will very soon have more than 1,000 free Internet
access points throughout Albania.”

Arjan Kraja, General Director of Tring Communications confirmed that the first phase
of the project is beginning in the peripheries of Tirana and will then expand to other
cities, towns and villages. “Called Public Access Points (PAP), this project opens
opportunities for Albanians to have free access to the fastest and highest quality
Internet service, even in the deepest rural areas of the country,. Tring Communications
will make this initiative possible in six weeks through satellite technology and fibre.”

Jean-Francois Fenech, Skylogic CEO, added: “Our satellite broadband solutions
delivered by KA-SAT have been designed to ensure that users throughout Europe and the
MediterraneanBasincan have access to broadband services today, not tomorrow or the day
after. We are delighted to be involved in this important initiative to bring these
services to Albanian citizens.”

About Albanian Satellite Communications

Established in 2006, Albanian Satellite Communications (ASC) is a privately held
company with operating facilities around the region and its headquarters are located in
Tirana. Its mother company, Edil Group, is one of the largest in the country with solid
experience and status to fully support the success of ASC. ASC is fully operational since
2007 as a new and advanced operator in Albania, offering integrated telecommunications
solutions for all markets. In the summer of 2008 ASC launched its newest trademarked
brand, Tring Communications.

About Eutelsat Communications

Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is the holding
company of Eutelsat S.A. With capacity commercialised on 29 satellites that provide
coverage across Europe, as well as the Middle East, Africa and significant parts of Asia
and the Americas, Eutelsat is one of the world’s three leading satellite operators. As of
30 June 2012 Eutelsat’s satellites were broadcasting more than 4,250 television channels
to over 200 million cable and satellite homes in Europe, the Middle East and 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 high speed Internet services through teleports
in France and Italy that serve consumers, enterprises, local communities, government
agencies and aid organisations in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Headquartered in
Paris, Eutelsat and its subsidiaries employ just over 750 commercial, technical and
operational professionals. This culturally diverse staff comprises employees from 30
countries. http://www.eutelsat.com; http://www.tooway.com

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