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 JAKARTA, Indonesia, Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Media Citra Inc. (MCI) and International Technologies, Inc. (ITI), announced the commencement of the INDOSTAR Program at a contract-signing ceremony. The contract enables the construction of a turnkey direct satellite broadcast (DBS) system for high quality digital audio radio and television reception throughout the entire Indonesian archipelago.
 The $100 million program calls for an early 1996 launch of a lightweight satellite (approximately 1,100 kilograms) called INDOSTAR 1. The satellite is one element of a complete media broadcast program comprised of the satellite, master control center, DBS program uplink facility and the manufacturing of television and radio receivers in Indonesia. Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB), Television Receive Only (TVRO) and Digital Television Receive Only (DVRO) services are scheduled to begin in first quarter 1996. INDOSTAR 1, the first of a series of four satellites filed with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in 1992, will be the world's first "Lightsat" for television and radio dedicated for a single country.
 The INDOSTAR system, developed by ITI, a subsidiary of the U.S. entrepreneurial aerospace corporation CTA, uses modern space and ground receiver technology. Another CTA subsidiary and sister company of ITI, DSI, will construct the satellite with TeleSystems International constructing major elements of the master control station and program up-link facility.
 Signing on behalf of the Indonesian consortium, Peter Gontha of Bimantara Citra stated: "Our goal is to broadcast the highest quality audio and video services to all Indonesians regardless of location and station in life. In addition to television and radio, INDOSTAR-1 will beam important services such as rural education, telemedicine, teletraining and weather forecasting to our most distant islands."
 ITI's general manager, Thomas van der Heyden, signed on behalf of ITI. He views this program as a model for the developing world: "INDOSTAR will demonstrate that all countries can now afford the technological means to deliver telecommunications and media services essential to economic, social growth and stability." According to van der Heyden, who has been instrumental in the development of the INDOSTAR program, "We are witnessing the confluence of social requirements, advanced satellite technologies, micro-electronics and a cooperative worldwide radio frequency environment. The result is a program that can be accomplished economically, on a short schedule, and with minimum technical risk."
 Tom Velez, chairman of CTA, affirmed his corporation's commitment to Indonesia and the INDOSTAR program. "This system has been under development for over two years. We appreciate the significant changes that broadcasting can bring to society, and it is our desire to see these changes bring a more prosperous future for all Indonesians. Put simply: INDOSTAR supports economic development and will provide the region with its first significant step into the Information Age."
 DSI's president, Dr. George S. Sebestyen, was also present at the ceremony. Sebestyen, the inventor of this generation of lightweight satellites, commented: "Technological developments such as solid state transponders, powerful compression algorithms and sub-micron integrated circuit devices have all converged to make this program possible."
 INDOSTAR-1 will have five transponders, three dedicated to television and two for digital radio applications. The system is viewed as the only practical solution to providing the entire island nation with the benefits of television and a replacement for unreliable short- wave radio. Analog and compressed digital television service is designed around the use of low cost, 1 meter parabolic TV receiver antennas. Television signals will be transmitted in S-Band (2520-2670 MHz) because of its effectiveness in rainy climates. Radio listeners will tune into the L-Band (1452-1492 MHz) recently authorized for use by the ITU specifically for digital audio broadcasting.
 The INDOSTAR program manager for MCI, Arief Juwanto, views the program as "the creation of a national information utility capable of sustaining Indonesia's proud heritage of satellite systems while creating products and services which will be competitive in world markets as new exports." He went on to note that: "Mass media plays a significant role as channels for education, information and entertainment become indispensable components of national progress and development. The INDOSTAR program will support the development of Indonesia's most precious natural resource: its human resource. It will bring the benefits of space to all Indonesians."
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 /CONTACT: Arief Juwanto of Media Citra, 62-21-390-9211, or Jason O'Neil of International Technologies, 703-883-1050/

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