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    NSS-6 SATELLITE LAUNCH TO DELIVER HIGH SPEED BROADBAND SERVICES TO RURAL AND REGIONAL AUSTRALIA

    Melbourne, Australia, December 17, 2002 - Rural and regional communities across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region will reap the benefits of high-speed broadband internet services with the launch of New Skies Satellite N.V pan-Asian satellite NSS-6 tomorrow.

    ‘Our patience, planning and forward thinking strategy should produce significant dividends for Multiemedia and its shareholders. This is a very important event for the delivery of broadband content to rural and regional Australia and transmission to the Asia-Pacific region,’ says Mr Adrian Ballintine, Group Managing Director, Multiemedia Limited.

    Multiemedia Limited and its subsidiary Australasian Broadband Services Ltd (ABS) have formed strategic alliances with New Skies Satellites, ViaSat, IP Access International, and Advanced Projects for the supply of products and services in Australia and export to the Asia-Pacific region.

    Together with its alliance partners, ABS will rollout a state of the art, next generation broadband infrastructure that enables targeting of multiple satellites and provision of the fastest uplink services currently available in Australia.

    Mr Charles D’Alberto, National Sales Manager, Australasian Broadband Services says that over 3.5 million people in rural communities across Australia will benefit from this technology, as well as tens of millions of people across the Asia-Pacific region.

    ‘That includes schools, hospitals, government services, educational institutions, small & business sized enterprises and internet service providers. These customers have not been well serviced by our competitors,’ says Mr D’Alberto.

    As cornerstone partners, Mr Ballintine and Mr D’Alberto from Multiemedia Ltd/Australasian Broadband Services have been invited to travel to Washington D.C to participate in the official ceremony held at the French Embassy on Tuesday 17 December 2002. While in Washington they will finalise long-term contracts for the delivery of these new services.

    ABS are currently planning to launch new high-speed broadband services for customers in February 2003.

    Background -

    NSS-6 is an A2100AX model satellite built by Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems and is equipped with 60 36 MHz equivalent Ku-band transponders. The satellite will operate from New Skies’ new orbital slot of 95 degrees east latitude across six coverage beams: Australia, the Middle East and Southern Africa, the Indian subcontinent, China, Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia.

    The comprehensive, high-power Ku-band coverage of NSS-6 and New Skies’ complementary in-orbit global fleet allow for video, data, internet, and other broadband transmissions throughout Asia, while also offering seamless connectivity between the Eastern and Western Hemispheres.

    NSS-6 is capable of delivering digital video distribution and contribution services, satellite newsgathering, Intra-and Inter-regional enterprise networks, government services, direct-to-home platforms, telephony transmissions, as well as a multitude of IP-based multimedia applications, including two-way broadband internet access for businesses, e-learning, telemedicine and digital cinema.

    The launch will be webcast live between 10.22am and 12.01pm AEST on Wednesday 18 December 2002. For further information visit www.newskies.com or www.arianespace.com and visit Multiemedia on www.multiemedia.com.

    Contact

    Mr Adrian Ballintine
    Group Managing Director
    Multiemedia Limited
    Mob. 0418 996 288

    Mr Charles D’Alberto
    National Sales Manager
    Australasian Broadband Services
    mob. 0407 860 188

    Mr Miguel Wood
    Public Relations Exchange
    mob. 0418 567 729
 
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