PanAmSat Corporation (NASDAQ: SPOT)
today announced that the company’s new PAS-10 Indian Ocean Region satellite
has arrived in Kazakhstan in preparation for its May launch from the
Baikonur Cosmodrome. PAS-10 will be rocketed into space aboard a Proton
launch vehicle and will provide digital video, data and Internet services
throughout a 30-million square mile footprint.

“PAS-10, which will deliver broadcast, high-speed data and Internet services
across Europe, Africa and Asia, demonstrates our strong commitment to our
long-term and valued customers,” Robert A. Bednarek, PanAmSat’s executive
vice president and chief technology officer. “When PAS-10 goes into
operation it also will enable PanAmSat to target new growth opportunities
emerging in the Indian subcontinent as well as Central and Western Asia.”

PAS-10, which contains 24 C-band and 24 Ku-band transponders, will succeed
the PAS-4 Indian Ocean Region satellite at 68.5 degrees east longitude. At
that location, the company’s latest spacecraft will broadcast some of the
world’s top international programming to audiences throughout its footprint,
including the BBC, CNN, CCTV, Discovery, Doordarshan, ESPN, MTV, NHK,
Nickelodeon, Sony and TNT.

PAS-10’s Ku-band payload, which offers 60 percent more Ku-band transmission
power than that of the PAS-4 satellite, contains multiple high-powered beams
focused on Africa, Europe, India, the Middle East, Central and Western Asia
as well as Northeast Asia. Many of these beams can be switched between the
various regions, offering greater versatility and flexible service options
for the creation of new platforms for the delivery of data and IP-based