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SCIENTIFIC-ATLANTA NOW PROVIDING MOBILE SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT TO QUEEN ELIZABETH 2 AND ROTTERDAM CRUISE SHIPS

Luxury Liners Are First Commercial Installations of Scientific-Atlanta's
 MariStar Multi-M and COMSAT's New Digital Inmarsat-M Service
 ATLANTA, March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Passengers sailing on board the Queen Elizabeth 2 and the Rotterdam luxury liners during this past holiday season were the first commercial users to place international phone calls using a new mobile satellite communications system from Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. (NYSE: SFA).
 The company's Model 9820 MariStar Multi-M(TM) system delivers communication channels that transmit and receive digitally compressed voice transmissions. Three channels have been installed for use on each ship, however the system can be expanded to facilitate 12.
 The on-board MariStar Multi-M functions as an interconnect to the new Inmarsat-M digital communications service, which in the United States is provided by COMSAT, the U.S. signatory to Inmarsat. The new service went on-line late last year in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Other signatories around the world expect to begin offering their versions of the digital communications service in the near future.
 "Passenger ships need more channels because today, more people wish to stay in touch," said Faris Gaffney, vice president and general manager of Scientific-Atlanta's Mobile Satellite Systems Group. "The introduction of digital voice on to the Inmarsat network is one of the most significant developments in recent years because it enables more users and lower tariffs."
 Inmarsat signatories charge ships equipped with multi-channel terminals a per-minute tariff ranging from $3.95 to $5.50 to use the Inmarsat-M digital communications service. The fee varies based on antenna size, the type of equipment used and several other ship- specific parameters.
 Scientific-Atlanta's multi-channel mobile satellite communications terminal for maritime use includes two components, a single radome- enclosed, stabilized antenna and a rack-mounted indoor electronics unit. Site-specific installation and use parameters drive the antenna's size and the number of channels. The antenna ranges in size from one to two meters.
 The Model 9820 MariStar Multi-M is the second product to be introduced by Scientific-Atlanta's newest business group, Mobile Satellite Systems (MSS). Part of the company's Network Systems Group, the unit was organized last August to address the specialized communications needs of the mobile market. The unit's first product was the Model 9821 MariStar-M mobile satellite communications terminal. The Model 9821 was developed specifically for the maritime market and allows captains and owners of boats as small as 35 feet to use the same kind of satellite-based voice, data and fax communications previously available only to large ocean-going vessels.
 Scientific-Atlanta designs, engineers, manufacturers, installs, tests and maintains satellite communications and cable television systems, and has provided 45,000 earth station systems to 130 countries. In the past 40 years, Scientific-Atlanta's technical leaders hip 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 electronic instrumentation for industrial, telecommunications, and government applications.
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 /CONTACT: Paul McKeon of Scientific-Atlanta, 404-698-8650, or, fax, 404-698-8651/
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