Intelsat and Orion Express Extend Agreement to Deliver Media Services Across Russia Using Intelsat 15

LUXEMBOURG–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Intelsat (NYSE: I), operator of the world’s first Globalized Network,
powered by its leading satellite backbone, today announced that Orion
Express signed a multi-year extension with Intelsat for satellite
services supporting direct-to-home (DTH) and media distribution services
in Russia via the Intelsat 15 satellite.

Orion Express, a major satellite television provider and operator of the
second largest DTH platform in Russia, uses multiple Ku-band
transponders on Intelsat 15 and Horizons 2, co-located at 85º East, to
deliver DTH services to customers and TV content to cable and IPTV head
ends. Under the new agreement, Orion Express extended its use of
Intelsat 15 well into the next decade and expanded its operations by
consolidating services with Intelsat that had been with another
satellite operator.

“The premium programming that Intelsat enables us to efficiently and
reliably distribute, along with the ability to deliver regionalized
content, has spurred the rapid growth of our DTH platform and media
distribution services in Russia and neighboring CIS countries,” said
Kirill Makhnovskiy, CEO of Orion Express. “The quality and the coverage
provided by Intelsat 15 is enabling us to further expand our broadcast
services and subscriber base.”

“This is another example of how Intelsat’s approach of working very
closely with our customers to understand their business and their
long-term growth strategy benefits our customers and Intelsat,” said
Jean-Philippe Gillet, Intelsat’s Vice President and General Manager,
Broadband. “This long-term commitment from Orion Express will strengthen
the strategic position of 85° East as a major media hub for Russia and
the CIS. The combination of Intelsat 15 and Horizons 2 will also
strengthen Orion Express’ position and provide a robust and long-term
growth capability to attract even more national and international

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About Intelsat

Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) operates the world’s first Globalized Network,
delivering high-quality, cost-effective video and broadband services
anywhere in the world. Intelsat’s Globalized Network combines the
world’s largest satellite backbone with terrestrial infrastructure,
managed services and an open, interoperable architecture to enable
customers to drive revenue and reach through a new generation of network
services. Thousands of organizations serving billions of people
worldwide rely on Intelsat to provide ubiquitous broadband connectivity,
multi-format video broadcasting, secure satellite communications and
seamless mobility services. The end result is an entirely new world, one
that allows us to envision the impossible, connect without boundaries
and transform the ways in which we live. For more information, visit

About Orion Express

Orion Express, LLC has been working at the satellite TV market for 11
years (since 2005). The major activities of the company are delivery of
satellite TV services to individual subscribers, placement of TV
channels on satellites, TV channels maintenance and release, delivery of
television content to cable networks. Nowadays Orion Express is the only
one Russian operator that covers 100% of Russian territory and the CIS.
Orion Express broadcasts from Intelsat 15 (85 °E), Horizons 2 (85 ° E)
and Express AM5 (140 ° E) satellites. The company holds the 3th place in
TOP-5 of Russian Pay TV market and is at TOP-3 of the satellite TV

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Jason Bates
Media Communications Manager