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SCIENTIFIC-ATLANTA SIGNS $3.3 MILLION CONTRACT TO UPGRADE PAPUA NEW GUINEA'S DOMESTIC SATELLITE SYSTEM

 INTELSAT Standard A Station to Function as Master Hub
 In Country's Domestic Satellite Network
 ATLANTA, Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. (NYSE: SFA) today signed a contract with Papua New Guinea's Post and Telecommunication Corporation (PTC) to upgrade the country's domestic satellite system. The contract, valued at $3.3 million, calls for Scientific-Atlanta to provide Papua New Guinea with equipment and services to transfer the operation of the country's domestic satellite system from PALAPA to INTELSAT satellite networks.
 In addition, Scientific-Atlanta will upgrade the system from a microwave restoration network to one that provides permanent distribution of voice, data and facsimile services to PNG's major urban areas.
 The new project undertaken by Scientific-Atlanta includes providing an 18-meter INTELSAT Standard "A" satellite earth station which will serve as the network's master site. To upgrade the existing system, which will be completed within one year, the company will supply data converters and high-speed modems to remote sites and retrofit antennas for INTELSAT operation. Scientific-Atlanta will also provide installation supervision and training services to PTC engineers and technicians who will support the installation efforts.
 The new contract is another in a series of projects undertaken by Scientific-Atlanta to contribute to PNG's five-year, $350 million plan to build one of the world's most sophisticated telecommunications infrastructures. Satellite communications is a key component to the country's plan because of its ability to function regardless of geographic considerations, an important benefit to the mountainous country.
 "This contract is further evidence of the partnership that Scientific-Atlanta and the Post and Telecommunication Corporation have developed to help Papua New Guinea establish a state-of-the-art satellite communications infrastructure," said Jorge Vespoli, president of Scientific-Atlanta's Satellite Communications Division. "This award closely follows the inauguration of the country's domestic satellite system and its first INTELSAT Standard A international gateway earth station, both of which were supplied by Scientific-Atlanta."
 "Together with Scientific-Atlanta, PTC is committed to making telephones available to the majority of the population," said Mr. Isikeli Taureka, managing director of the Post & Telecommunication Corporation. "While work is still in progress on this objective, PNG's geography and landowner problems have made communications in this country an engineers' nightmare. We are honored to have the presence of Scientific-Atlanta to achieve our goal. This contract allows PNG to gain more experience in the area of satellite communications and quality service positioning."
 Continued Vespoli, "We are pleased by our growing relationship with the PTC and our role in providing turnkey systems and training to Papua New Guinea's people in every facet of the installation, operation and maintenance of their network."
 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, cable television electronics, satellite-based communications networks, and instrumentation for industrial, government and telecommunications applications.
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