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SCIENTIFIC-ATLANTA AND ORBIT COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY SIGN MAJOR CONTRACT FOR DIRECT-TO-HOME BROADBAND VIDEO NETWORK IN THE MIDDLE EAST

 ATLANTA, July 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Orbit Communications Company Limited (OCC) has selected Scientific-Atlanta (NYSE: SFA) to provide a consumer digital video compression satellite network to distribute video programming throughout the Middle East.
 Under the terms of a contract Scientific-Atlanta will provide digital compression uplink equipment, integrated receiver decoders (IRDUs) and head-end equipment and will be responsible for the installation, operation and maintenance of the network. The value of the initial equipment and services provided under the contract is $65 million with additional purchases under the contract of another $60 million based upon the anticipated roll-out of the OCC direct-to-home television service. Scientific-Atlanta has already received an $8.8 million cash down payment.
 Using technology from its broadband and satellite communications product areas, Scientific-Atlanta will provide state-of-the-art MPEG-based PAL equipment. PAL is the current analog television standard in many parts of the world outside the US. MPEG (Moving Pictures Expert Group of the International Standards Organization) is rapidly becoming the international standard for digital video compression. The network will utilize Scientific-Atlanta's proven encryption and conditional access system enabling only authorized subscribers to receive signals.
 The broadband satellite network, provided by Scientific-Atlanta on a turnkey basis, will supply programming and other services originating from three continents. The package of services will be compressed from each point of exit and downlinked, combined, scheduled, uplinked and controlled from a central location in Europe.
 Among the critical services Scientific-Atlanta will provide are comprehensive network design, test, monitoring and operation. Coordination of numerous backhaul feeds will be required to enable the network to operate at its optimal level.
 Testing of the network will start toward the end of this year with a formal launch in early 1994. Equipment deliveries will begin in late autumn 1993 and extend throughout 1994. The service will provide the first direct-to-home pay TV programming for the region.
 Programming will include sports, news, and general entertainment from outside the region as well as programs produced within the region.
 Orbit Communications Company has been newly formed and funded by a highly regarded pioneering group for the purpose of introducing a television subscription service via satellite for the first time in the Middle East.
 Scientific-Atlanta is a world leader in broadband communications systems, cable television electronics, satellite-based communications networks and instrumentation for industrial, telecommunications and government applications.
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 /CONTACT: Bob Meyers of Scientific-Atlanta, 404-903---4608/
 (SFA)


CO: Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.; Orbit Communications Company ST: Georgia IN: CPR SU: CON

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