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Telefonica to Provide Satellite Internet Connectivity in Europe Through Eutelsat

   Telefonica to Provide Satellite Internet Connectivity in Europe Through
                                   Eutelsat

Eutelsat's high-performance KA-SAT satellite allows Telefonica to provide fast
Internet access to European operators beyond reach of terrestrial broadband
networks

PR Newswire

MADRID and PARIS, December 21, 2012

MADRID and PARIS, December 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

Telefonica Global Solutions has announced an agreement with Eutelsat
Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL), Europe's leading satellite operator, to
provide high quality satellite broadband services to carriers from across
Europe through the high-performance KA-SAT satellite.

This new range of Internet services provided via KA-SAT will offer European
carriers solutions that are as reliable and competitive in price as
terrestrial broadband services. With KA-SAT, Telefonica aims at offering fast
Internet access to carriers from all over Europe, especially in areas that are
not within reach of terrestrial broadband networks, such as rural areas or
urban belts, as well as fully diversified backup solutions in areas that do
have terrestrial access.

The Telefonica Global Solutions wholesale unit is a leading global solutions
provider in the international wholesale market, with a broad and competitive
catalogue of outsourcing services and solutions for international carriers,
present in the leading markets in Europe and America.

For Jean-François Fenech, CEO of Skylogic, Eutelsat's broadband subsidiary:
"Telefonica has followed a path that has established it as one of the most
emblematic and admired companies in Europe, making it the ideal partner for
increasing the reach of satellite broadband. We are convinced that the
implementation of satellite broadband via KA-SAT will successfully address the
challenge of building a strong and fair digital landscape throughoutEurope."

Meanwhile, for Eduardo Guardincerri, Director of the Satellite Services
Business Unit of Telefonica Global Solutions: "The bid for Eutelsat Ka band is
the logical step for the evolution of the business of data communications via
satellite inEurope, where land-based infrastructures have increasing
capillarity. KA-SAT will allow us to offer high quality services at
competitive prices, allowing us to update our catalogue of services for
operators and corporations. It also allows us to complement the overall
strategy of the Telefonica Group providing another access technology for
services such as M2M or iHealth."

About Telefonica

Telefonica is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world by
market capitalization and number of clients. From its consolidated position in
the sector, including telephony and broadband fixed and mobile as key supports
of its growth, the company geared its strategy to strengthen its leadership in
the digital world. Present in 26 countries and with more than 300 million
customers, Telefonica has a strong presence in Europe and Latin America,
important industrial partnership and a prominent global scale that very
favourably positions the company to capture growth opportunities. Telefonica
is a completely private company that has more than 1.5 million direct
shareholders and their shares are traded in the market of the Spanish stock
exchanges and on the stock exchanges of London and New York among others.

Telefonica Global Solutions manages the business of multinationals,
wholesalers and roaming of the Telefonica Group. Global Solutions offers
comprehensive services in fixed and mobile telephony, it services to some of
the leading multinational in the world, as well as global telecommunications
providers of fixed, mobile, Internet phones and contents. Telefonica Global
Solutions has a competitive and integrated portfolio of services for carriers
and multinational which includes international services of voice, IP,
capacity, broadband, satellite, mobility and global solutions. It is a
multicultural organization with more than 1,400 employees, present in 40
countries and speaking more than 15 different languages.

http://www.telefonica.com

http://www.internationalservices.telefonica.com

About Eutelsat Communications

With capacity commercialised on 30 satellites that provide coverage across
Europe, as well as the Middle East, Africa and significant parts of Asia and
the Americas, Eutelsat is one of the world's three leading satellite
operators. As of 31 March 2012 Eutelsat's satellites were broadcasting more
than 4,250 television channels to over 200 million cable and satellite homes
in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Group's satellites also serve a
wide range of fixed and mobile telecommunications services, TV contribution
markets, corporate networks, and broadband markets for Internet Service
Providers and for transport, maritime and in-flight markets. Eutelsat's
broadband subsidiary, Skylogic, markets and operates high speed Internet
services through teleports in France and Italy that serve consumers,
enterprises, local communities, government agencies and aid organisations in
Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Headquartered in Paris, Eutelsat and
its subsidiaries employ just over 750 commercial, technical and operational
professionals. This culturally diverse staff comprises employees from 30
countries.

http://www.eutelsat.com

SOURCE Eutelsat Communications and Telefonica

Contact: Press contacts: Telefonica Global Solutions: Corporate Communications
Rafael Serrano, Tel: +44 (0)1753565711 Email: Rafa.serrano@telefonica.com;
Press: Vanessa O'Connor, Tel: + 33 1 53 98 37 91, voconnor@eutelsat.fr ;
Frédérique Gautier, Tel: + 33 1 53 98 37 91, fgautier@eutelsat.fr ;
Marie-Sophie Ecuer, Tel: + 33 1 53 98 37 91, mecuer@eutelsat.fr ; Investors
and analysts: Lisa Finas , Tel: +33 1 53 98 35 30,
investors@eutelsat-communications.com ; Leonard Wapler, Tel. : +33 1 53 98 31
07, investors@eutelsat-communications.com
 
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