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IPSTAR to Land in the Philippines with TNR Deal Signing

September 25, 2007

Nonthaburi, Thailand. Shin Satellite Public Company Limited (“SATTEL”), Asia’s leading commercial satellite service provider and the operator of the IPSTAR broadband satellite, has forged an alliance with TNR to operate the IPSTAR gateway and to provide IPSTAR service in the Philippines.

TNR has already placed orders for the IPSTAR user terminals and the 100 Mbps bandwidth. It plans to provide IPSTAR service for rural connectivity, distance learning and e-Government projects.

Presently, TNR has deployed over 200 user terminals to USAID-sponsored remote schools in Mindanao – making it the fastest growing satellite Internet provider in the country. Other TNR clients include the Philippine Army, the National Power Corporation and the National Telecommunications Commission.

H. G. Yalung, Sr., Chairman of TNR, said that the IPSTAR project will not only improve the countryside economy but will also uplift the lives of his fellow countrymen living in the remotest islands by providing them with affordable high speed Internet connectivity.

Pradeep Unni, Vice President for International Sales of Shin Satellite, said, “We are delighted to sign with TNR, our long time partner in the Philippines. They have vast experience in deploying IPSTAR, which will prove to be valuable once the Philippine gateway is operational by January 2008. The Philippines has over 7,000 islands and only 30 percent of the inhabitants have access to telecommunications. This makes IPSTAR an ideal medium to quickly and cost-effectively provide broadband service to the rest of the unserved areas.

Presently, IPSTAR operates 11 gateways and provides nationwide broadband satellite service in 8 countries: Australia, Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, New Zealand, Thailand and Vietnam.