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ORION NETWORK SYSTEMS LAUNCHES FIRST 'DESKTOP TO DESKTOP' TELECOMMUNICATIONS LINK FOR CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE

 ORION NETWORK SYSTEMS LAUNCHES FIRST 'DESKTOP TO DESKTOP'
 TELECOMMUNICATIONS LINK FOR CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE
 VIDEO PRESS BRIEFING WILL CONNECT PRAGUE AND WASHINGTON TODAY
 WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Orion Network Systems (ONS) is positioning itself as the state-of-the-art business communications link between Central and Eastern Europe and the West. ONS, working through the international partnership which it manages (the Atlantic Partnership) is announcing strategic plans for supporting western development in Central and Eastern Europe by providing critically needed voice, data, facsimile, two-way video conferencing and E-mail VSAT-based services. Orion and its international partners are investing over $500 million in its dedicated satellite system to serve Central and Eastern Europe.
 ONS is announcing the first transatlantic VSAT satellite services to Czechoslovakia and Poland. These services will be demonstrated at an international press briefing to be simultaneously held in Prague and Washington today at 11 a.m. EST (5 p.m. in Prague). The briefing will link the Washington and Prague offices of Hogan and Hartson, the oldest and one of the largest major law firms in Washington. In addition to Prague, Hogan and Hartson has European offices in Brussels, London, Paris and Warsaw as well as U.S. offices in Baltimore and Bethesda, Md., and Northern Virginia. On-line guests include John G. Puente, chairman of Orion Network Systems, and executive partners of Hogan and Hartson.
 As a result of the dramatic world political changes, Central and Eastern Europe are more eager than ever to import Western technology and know-how, but strained and outdated telecommunications systems impede economic growth. Europa Telecom reports that Czechoslovakia averages only 14.74 lines per 100 members of the population.
 Although most countries have long-term investment programs to update their telecommunication infrastructure, today Western businesses investing in Central and Eastern Europe find it difficult to procure the necessary communications links to the West.
 Estimates project Central and Eastern Europe's private line market growing from $111 million in 1990 to $353 million by 1994. The Polish Telecom Company and Czechoslovakia's TELECOMSPOL are working with a host of companies including OrionNet to improve domestic and international services. Poland has announced plans to invest $10 billion in a long-term telecommunications development program. The World Bank is quoted with having financed $340 million in outstanding loans with approximately $800 million more tentatively scheduled for telecom development in Central and Eastern Europe over the next two to three years.
 "OrionNet's solution," according to Charles M. Klingman, president of OrionNet, "is a cost effective rooftop-to-rooftop transatlantic communications service for companies operating in Europe and the United States -- without the need for local access or national backhaul associated with cable and satellite gateway solutions."
 When OrionNet's dedicated satellite system (the first specifically designed for Atlantic Basin VSAT networking) becomes operational in 1994, small rooftop units will be able to uplink to and downlink from the satellite, from virtually all key U.S. and European cities simultaneously via high-powered spot beams.
 Known as "The Atlantic Partnership," Orion's international partners in this project include British Aerospace, Japan's Nissho Iwai, STET of Italy, MATRA of France, Com Dev from Canada, Kingston Communications of Great Britain and General Dynamics in the United States.
 Orion Network Systems (ONS) provides desktop-to-desktop private communications networks for business, using satellites owned by Orion and its partners.
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