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ITAR-TASS INITIATES INTELSAT SATELLITE NETWORK

 ITAR-TASS INITIATES INTELSAT SATELLITE NETWORK
 WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- ITAR-TASS, the main news


agency of Russia and other members of the Commonwealth of Independent States, has established a new satellite network via the INTELSAT system. Using INTELSAT satellites at 63 degrees east in the Indian Ocean region and 332.5 degrees east in the Atlantic, ITAR-TASS is transmitting news stories, facsimile messages and computer data from its two INTELSAT standard B (11 meter) hub earth stations near Moscow to 20 remote antennas. INTELSAT's Intelnet service is being used to support this network.
 "Our new network via INTELSAT will be a great benefit to the agency; it will make it possible for ITAR-TASS to file stories throughout the world on an economic basis," stated Yuri Subbotin, the ITAR-TASS deputy general director and technical director. Previously, the agency relied on various types of communications technology.
 In fact, the agency plans to greatly increase the size of the network and types of applications supported before the end of the year, connecting its bureaus and subscribers on a global basis, with more than 200 VSATs becoming operational in all parts of the world.
 While other leading international news agencies have operated similar Intelnet networks over the INTELSAT system for several years to broadcast news and image information, the ITAR-TASS network promises to be truly innovative.
 By the end of 1992, ITAR-TASS is planning to implement a fully interactive service which will allow field locations to access the agency's central data base as well as transmit stories to headquarters, thereby greatly enhancing the agency's ability for news gathering and distribution.
 Subbotin stated: "INTELSAT satellites are bringing us closer to our subscribers. With events changing rapidly in the Commonwealth, customer demands have escalated greatly. Our new satellite communications network will allow us to fulfill our subscribers' new requirements on a more expeditious basis."
 With headquarters in Washington, INTELSAT is the international, commercial cooperative of 121 member nations that owns and operates the global communications satellite system used worldwide by 180 member and non-member countries, territories and dependencies for their international and, in many instances, domestic communications.
 The major provider of transoceanic telephone and television services, INTELSAT also offers via its 17-satellite global system such services as international video, teleconferencing, facsimile, data and telex.
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