Euroconsult Honors Outstanding Achievement with 9th Annual Awards for Excellence in Satellite Management

Industry pays tribute to winners at World Satellite Business Week in Paris

Paris, September 13, 2012 – Euroconsult, the leading global research and analyst firm specializing in the satellite sector, announced today the recipients of its 9th Annual Awards for Excellence in Satellite Management. These awards recognize companies and their management for their outstanding accomplishments in the satellite sector. Euroconsult honors the winners at its annual senior executive event, the World Satellite Business Week, which is held each September in Paris and is now in its 16th year. The winners are chosen by a panel of industry experts from Euroconsult, Space News, and SatelliteFinance who assess candidates using rigorous quantitative1 and qualitative2 standards..

This year, the award categories and winners are:

-Global Satellite Operator of the Year – Eutelsat -Strategic Transaction of the Year – Astrium Services -Regional Satellite Operator of the Year – Spacecom -Newcomer Satellite Operator of the Year – YahsatEuroconsult will also present separate awards for the Earth observation community at its Symposium on Earth Observation Business (Sept 16). “The winning companies and their executives have provided strategic leadership, outstanding performance and innovation that have significantly influenced the satellite industry over the past year,” said Pacôme Revillon, CEO of Euroconsult. “It is gratifying to be able to come together at the World Satellite Business Week to recognize the achievement of these business leaders and their roles in shaping the industry.” The distinguished winners shared their thoughts: Global Satellite Operator of the Year Eutelsat, Michel de Rosen, President & CEO

"We are honored to receive this award from Euroconsult. It recognizes Eutelsat's commitment to delivering growth, profitability and visibility and encourages us to pursue our objectives to optimize our satellite resources, to continue to innovate and to provide our customers with impeccable service."

Strategic Transaction of the Year Astrium Services, Eric Beranger, CEO “We are delighted to have received this prestigious award from Euroconsult. By incorporating Vizada we can offer more to our customers with an enhanced range of solutions. But also, more coverage, thanks to our global footprint across five continents. More reliability, thanks to our strength as an industry leader. And more power, thanks to the quality and breadth of our space-based security and defence systems.” Regional FSS Operator of the Year Spacecom, David Pollack, President & CEO "Spacecom's vision to become a multi-regional satellite operator drives our achievements. We have established the AMOS brand in Europe and the Middle East and are now bringing AMOS to Africa, with the AMOS-5, and soon to Asia and Russia with the impending 2013 launch of the AMOS-4. I am proud of our team's efforts that led to this award and promise that we will not rest with this award." Newcomer Satellite Operator of the Year Yahsat, Masood M. Sharif Mahmood, Deputy CEO “Accepting this award on behalf of Yahsat, and being recognized as Newcomer Satellite Operator of the Year is an honour and a testament to the tremendous achievements of the Yahsat team over our 5 years of operation – which include the successful launch of the Y1A satellite in 2011 and Y1B in April of this year. I would like to thank Euroconsult and the jury for acknowledging the contribution that Yahsat is proud to be making to the advancement of the satellite industry.”

World Satellite Business Week

The World Satellite Business Week is the unique executive meeting place for the global satellite business. It includes Euroconsult’s flagship event, the World Summit for Satellite Financing. The summit brings together over 100 top-level speakers and 600 senior executives from the fixed, mobile and broadband satellite industry and the financial community. Top business leaders participate in this must-attend summit to discuss strategy, make deals and strike partnerships. www.satellite-business.com

About Euroconsult

Euroconsult is the leading international consulting and analyst firm specializing in satellite applications, communications, and Earth observation. Euroconsult provides strategic consulting and analysis, develops comprehensive research reports and forecasts, and organizes executive-level events including the World Summit for Satellite Financing and the Symposium for Earth Observation Business (www.satellite-business.com). With 25 years of experience Euroconsult has over 560 clients in 50 countries, including leaders throughout the satellite industry; satellite operators and service providers; government agencies; satellite manufacturers and launch service providers; equipment providers and integrators; media and broadcasting companies; and banks and investors. The company has completed 500 satellite-related consulting projects. Euroconsult is based in Paris with offices in Montreal and Washington, DC. www.euroconsult-ec.com.

About Space News

Space News International is the premier business media company devoted to covering all aspects of space– military, commercial and civil. Since 1989, Space News has delivered accurate, competitive and timely reporting that our readers have come to depend on. Space News products include: Space News weekly newspaper, Space News Digital, SpaceNews.com, Space News weekly e-Newsletter, trade show supplements and trade show e-Newsletters.

About SatelliteFinance

SatelliteFinance is your exclusive & definitive source for M&A, financing, and regulatory news in the global commercial space industry. We provide breaking news, expert analysis and data on deals in the satellite sector, covering topics ranging from new satellite broadband projects to the role of export credit agencies, as well as providing in-depth coverage of satellite operators and their industry partners. Top executives, bankers, lawyers and consultants read SatelliteFinance for its exclusive in-depth knowledge on the sector, and for information on deals that have yet to be announced.

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