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SCIENTIFIC-ATLANTA TO PROVIDE SAUDI ARABIA WITH $10 MILLION DOMESTIC SATELLITE NETWORK UPGRADE

 Network will make extensive use
 of transportable satellite earth stations
 ATLANTA, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. (NYSE: SFA) has announced that it will begin shipping equipment later this month for the installation of a $10 million upgrade to Saudi Arabia's domestic satellite system which was ordered in March, 1993.
 Working with the country's Ministry of Post, Telegraph and Telephone (MOPTT), Scientific-Atlanta will upgrade the network to establish it as the first ARABSAT-based system to provide digital IDR-type (Intermediate Data Rate) services. As a result, significant channel capacity, increased reliability and enhanced quality will be added to the country's existing system.
 The new digital domestic satellite network will provide the MOPTT with an additional 330 voice channels. Features of the upgrade include a new 11-meter earth station hub located near the capital city of Riyadh in Dirab, two new 5.5-meter transportable earth stations, four retrofitted transportable units, and a network control center that will enable operators to remotely operate and monitor the transportable earth stations anywhere in the Kingdom.
 Because of growing demand for additional telephony service, the MOPTT selected Scientific-Atlanta to convert the existing analog network to one with digital capabilities. The company's digital technology expertise and previous experience with the domestic satellite architecture should contribute to better utilization of the space segment and network quality. The goal in upgrading the network is to provide accessible telecommunications services throughout the country, even in the middle of the desert where permanent systems are not always in place. To this end, Scientific-Atlanta is supplying two self- contained 5.5-meter transportable earth stations and retrofitting four others with digital monitor and control systems.
 Designed for rugged, off-road terrain, as well as over-the-road applications, the transportables will be directly linked to the master hub station in Dirab. In addition to providing the increased voice channel capacity, the transportables will be able to transmit signals for two television channels. The earth stations will receive signals from the hub station and rebroadcast them on self-contained low power UHF television transmitters.
 "Scientific-Atlanta's transportables are ideal to work within Saudi Arabia's new digital domestic satellite network," said Jorge Vespoli, president of Scientific-Atlanta's Satellite Communications Division. "The self-contained units can drive directly onto a C130 airplane and be operational within three hours of landing. In Saudi Arabia, the transportables, via the master hub, will be able to communicate anywhere in the ARABSAT footprint."
 The contract between Scientific-Atlanta and the Saudi Arabia MOPTT calls for the upgrade to be operational within one year. The contract will be implemented in cooperation with High Capabilities O & M Co. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Farhan Commercial Co. Ltd., which is Scientific-Atlanta Network Systems Group's representative in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
 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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 /CONTACT: Paul McKeon of Scientific-Atlanta, 404-698-8650 or, fax, 404-698-8651/
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