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Embraer: Geostationary satellite will ensure the security of Brazilian communications

    Embraer: Geostationary satellite will ensure the security of Brazilian
                                communications

PR Newswire

SAO JOSE DOS CAMPOS, Brazil, Nov. 28, 2013

SAO JOSE DOS CAMPOS, Brazil, Nov. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Visiona Tecnologia
Espacial S.A. and Telebras formally signed a contract, today (November 28), to
supply the Defense and Strategic Communications Geostationary Satellite (SGDC)
system. The R$ 1.3 billion contract provides for the system to be delivered by
the end of 2016. The project involves the Ministries of Communications, of
Defense, and of Science and Technology. The satellite will be operated by
Telebras on the K (civilian) band and by the Ministry of Defense on the X
(military) band.

Visiona is a joint venture of Embraer and Telebras and will be responsible for
integration the SGDC system, which will expand broadband internet access in
remote regions of the country, through the National Broadband Program (PNBL)
and ensure Brazil's sovereignty over the communications of its Armed Forces.
After the signing of the contract, Visiona will formalize the hiring of
suppliers and will begin developing and integrating the system. The selected
companies are Thales Alenia Space (TAS) to supply the satellite and Ariane
Space to launch the device. The contract with suppliers also provide for the
transfer of technology to Brazilian companies, and that task will be
supervised by the Brazilian National Space Agency (AEB).

"The SGDC system not only will meet the needs of Telebras' National Broadband
Program (PNBL) and the strategic communications of the Brazilian Armed Forces,
but it is also an opportunity for Brazil to ensure the sovereignty of its
strategic communications in both the civilian and military areas," explains
Telebras President Caio Bonilha.

"We are honored to have been chosen to supply a system so important to the
country," states Visiona President Nelson Salgado. "We trust that this program
represents the beginning of a long-term relationship, by establishing a
Brazilian space systems integration company, similar to what Embraer
represents for the aeronautical and defense segments."

The SGDC system will also provide full security for the strategic
communications of the government, as well as military communications, because
it will be controlled in Brazil at stations that are located in military
areas, under the coordination of Telebras and the Ministry of Defense.

The acquisition of its own satellite for Brazilian civilian and military
communications is a strategic decision for ensuring the nation's sovereignty.
The satellites that currently provide services to Brazil are either controlled
by stations outside of the country or the attitude control is in the hands of
companies run by foreign capital. In either of the cases there are risks of
interrupted services, in situations of international conflict or due to the
political or economic interests of others.

ABOUT TELEBRAS

A Telecomunicacoes Brasileiras S. A. – TELEBRAS is a public and private joint
stock company, which provides strategic telecommunications solutions to the
Public Administration and market, acting as an agent for local development and
fomenting democratic access to information. It offers dedicated access to the
internet for telecommunications service providers that have authorization
expedited by Anatel. It also provides the necessary infrastructure needed by
private telecommunications service providers, States, the Federal District,
Municipalities, and nonprofit organizations.

ABOUT VISIONA

Visiona Tecnologia Espacial S.A. is a company of the Embraer and Telebras
groups, founded for the initial objective of integrating the Defense and
Strategic Communications Geostationary Satellite (SGDC) system of the
Brazilian government, which seeks to meet the satellite communications needs
of the Federal Government, including the National Broadband Program (PNBL) and
a broad spectrum of strategic and defense communications.Visiona also has the
purpose of being a satellite integrating company, focusing on the demands of
the National Space Activities Program (PNAE/AEB) and of the Strategic Space
Systems Program (PESE/FAB).

Press information - Telebras: (61) 2027-1053 / (11) 5501-4655

Press information - Visiona
Maria Selma dos Santos –  selmasantos@rp1.com.br
Manuela Rios – manuelarios@rp1.com.br
RP1 Comunicacao
Tel.: 11 5501-4655
www.rp1.com.br

SOURCE Embraer S.A.
 
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