Press Release

Press Release

HYLAS 2 satellite to be launched by Arianespace

Evry, December 21, 2009

Avanti Communications Group plc has chosen Arianespace to launch its HYLAS 2 communications satellite.

The HYLAS 2 satellite will be boosted into geostationary transfer orbit in the first half of 2012 by an Ariane 5 or Soyuz launcher operating at the Guiana Space Center, Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.

It is the second Avanti satellite to be launched by Arianespace.

HYLAS 2 will be built by Orbital Sciences Corporation in Dulles, Virginia, using a Star-2 platform. The satellite will weigh approximately up to 4,000 kg at launch. HYLAS 2 will offer a design life of 15 years and will provide direct-to-home TV broadcast and data transmission services for Europe. HYLAS 2 will be the 17th satellite built by Orbital Sciences Corporation to be launched by Arianespace.

“I am grateful to Arianespace for their help in completing this transaction and delighted to be able to work with them again to deepen our partnership on this second launch," said David Williams, Chief Executive of Avanti Communications Group plc.

“This new contract – which is the second we’ve signed with Avanti Communications, and our 11th in 2009 – closes out an exceptional year for Arianespace, which was capped three days ago by our seventh launch of the year,” said Arianespace Chairman & CEO Jean-Yves Le Gall. “I wish to thank Avanti Communications for the confidence it has once again placed in Arianespace with this contract for the launch of HYLAS 2.  For Arianespace, this is a recognition of the quality and competitiveness of our Service & Solutions launch offer.”

About Arianespace

Arianespace is the world’s leading launch Service & Solutions company, delivering innovative offer to its customers since 1980. Backed by its 23 shareholders and the European Space Agency, Arianespace proposes an unrivalled launcher family, comprising Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega, and an international workforce renowned for their culture of commitment and excellence. As of 21 december 2009, Arianespace had launched a total of 277 payloads, including more than half of all the commercial satellites now in service worldwide. It has a backlog of 25 Ariane 5 and 10 Soyuz launches, equal to 3 years of business.

About Avanti Communications

Avanti sells satellite broadband services to telecoms companies which use them to supply homes and businesses.
Avanti's first satellite, called HYLAS 1 is under construction for launch in Q2 2010 and will be the first superfast broadband satellite launched in Europe. The market for 2Mb satellite broadband products in the Europe, Middle East and Africa markets Avanti serves is estimated at more than 100 million homes and businesses.

Avanti currently provides satellite broadband services to customers in Europe using leased satellite capacity which it will transfer to HYLAS 1 on launch.

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