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SCIENTIFIC-ATLANTA FIRST TO SHIP AND COMMISSION INMARSAT-M TERMINAL

- The Model 9821 MariStar-M terminal and Inmarsat's digital service allow a new class of boats to make use of satellite communications -
 - The Ampro Viking and Jackerel private yachts
 are first to use new equipment -
 ATLANTA, March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientific-Atlanta (NYSE: SFA) has announced that its Model 9821 MariStar-M(R) is the first terminal to be approved by Inmarsat for connection to its new Inmarsat-M digital service network.
 The MariStar-M and Inmarsat-M digital service provide cost-effective voice capabilities that are ideal for vessels 35 feet and longer.
 The Model 9821 MariStar-M terminal provides a mobile interconnect to the new Inmarsat service, which in the United States is provided by COMSAT, the U.S. signatory to Inmarsat. As a result, users can connect to almost any public network in the world -- at half the cost of previous Inmarsat voice solutions. Sailing throughout the Caribbean and Latin America, the 92-foot private yacht, Ampro Viking, and the 46-foot sport fishing yacht, Jackerel, are now equipped with the capability to transmit and receive voice transmissions anywhere in the world, including the middle of the ocean.
 "Scientific-Atlanta is proud to be the first satellite equipment supplier to have Inmarsat-M terminals in commercial service," said Faris Gaffney, vice president and general manager of mobile satellite communications for Scientific-Atlanta's Network System's Group. "The company has invested heavily in the mobile communications market and is optimistic about the expanding opportunities. Now, with the MariStar-M and Inmarsat's new service, we can provide satellite communications to an entirely new class of boat owners."
 According to Kathryn Y. Holman, COMSAT's director of consumer sales, "We're very excited about the yachting community's interest in the Inmarsat M product. We are pleased to work with Scientific-Atlanta to provide this new group of boat owners with the latest in mobile satellite communications technology."
 Before the introduction of the Inmarsat Standard M service, ship owners had to purchase an Inmarsat Standard A terminal to have Inmarsat satellite-based telecommunications. Scientific-Atlanta's MariStar-M is less than one fourth the size and weight of the Standard A, conserving limited deck space and making it easier to install, while pricing approaches half that of Inmarsat Standard A stations.
 The MariStar-M consists of a lightweight above-deck antenna and a small below-deck electronics unit which is about the size of a VCR. The radome-protected antenna is mounted on the outside of the vessel and the indoor unit is easily installed inside a cabinet or on a shelf. The antenna weighs only 30 kg (65 lbs.) and is 660 mm (24 inches) in diameter, making it ideal for vessels 35 feet or longer. The Model 9821 provides digital voice telephone service at a compressed rate of 4.8 kilobits per second (Kbps).
 The MariStar-M approval closely follows Scientific-Atlanta's recent announcement that its MariStar Multi-M(R) terminal is being used to provide multiple communication channels on-board the Queen Elizabeth 2 and Rotterdam cruise ships. Like the MariStar-M, the Multi-M terminal functions as an interconnect to the Inmarsat digital service to provide voice capabilities.
 Scientific-Atlanta designs, engineers, manufactures, installs, tests and maintains satellite communications and cable television systems, and has provided 45,000 earth station systems to more than 135 countries. In the past 40 years, Scientific-Atlanta's technical leadership and extensive international expertise have earned the company a reputation as a premier turnkey satellite communications systems supplier.
 Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. is a world leader in broadband communications systems, satellite-based communications networks and electronic instrumentation for industrial, telecommunications and government applications.
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 /CONTACT: Paul McKeon of Crescent Communications, 404-698-8650, or fax, 404-698-8651, for Scientific Atlanta/
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