Apax Partners Acquires Telenor Satellite Services and Integrates the Company into Vizada - A New Market Leader in Global Satellite Communications Services




    Vizada Maintains Continuity of Services for Customers, Bundles the
Strengths of Two Industry Leaders - Telenor Satellite Services and the Former
France Telecom Mobile Satellite Communications

    PARIS, OSLO, NORWAY & ROCKVILLE, MD., September 6 /CNW/ - Apax Partners
France today announced that it has successfully completed its acquisition of
Telenor Satellite Services and is incorporating the company into the new
Vizada brand.

    Apax now combines the resources of two industry veterans - the former
Telenor Satellite Services (TSS) and the former France Telecom Mobile
Satellite Communications (FTMSC) under the Vizada brand - maintaining
continuity of service for existing customers while creating a new market
leader in the global satellite communications industry. FTMSC was rebranded
Vizada in June 2007.

    Vizada provides customized and off-the-shelf communication solutions, an
extensive global distribution network and several decades of satellite
experience.

    Instantly becoming a market leader in the global satellite communications
industry, Vizada serves customers through a worldwide network of more than 400
distribution partners. It is one of the world's largest providers of two-way
satellite communications services.

    Vizada offers both mobile and fixed satellite communications services
from multiple satellite systems such as Eutelsat, Inmarsat, Intelsat, Iridium,
Loral, New Skies, SES Americom, and Thuraya, among others.

    Going forward, Vizada's services will be organized into two lines of
business, each providing customers with the most appropriate and
cost-effective communications solutions: Mobile Satellite Services (MSS),
offering standardized communications solutions, and Fixed Satellite Solutions
(FSS), selling VSAT (very small aperture terminals) and integrated hybrid
networks.

    "Vizada combines the resources of talented employees, superior technology
and global infrastructure to provide the best satellite communications
solutions, service and support to each Vizada reseller and end-user, now and
well into the future," said Vizada Group CEO and Chairman Michael Collins.

    Vizada's MSS business works closely with a network of more than 400
reseller partners to distribute communications via mainly the Inmarsat,
Iridium and Thuraya satellite systems. Its offerings combine off-the-shelf
services with a complete range of value-added tools and applications to match
perfectly the requirements of its varied customer base.

    Vizada's business strategy incorporates a global network of active
distributors coupled with dynamic customer partnerships. This strategy is
designed to empower partners to deliver innovative, accessible and reliable
satellite communications solutions to their local markets.

    Vizada is also one of the world's largest providers of broadband fixed
satellite solutions for maritime and land-based customers. Using a variety of
global and regional satellite network operators, Vizada has the experience and
expertise to custom design VSAT and integrated hybrid networks for large
corporate, public and intergovernmental organizations with multiple remote
sites. Vizada is the leading provider of managed maritime VSAT solutions that
extend corporate IT functions to commercial shipping, cruise and ferry
companies as well as super yachts. Vizada also offers an innovative mix of
value-added services extending the capabilities of its fixed communications
portfolio.

    The new company operates globally with subsidiaries located in Europe and
the United States, Latin America, the Middle East, North Africa, and the
Pacific. It operates teleport facilities in the Czech Republic, France,
Norway, Slovakia and the United States, connecting satellite systems with
terrestrial networks for seamless communications.

    About Vizada:

    Vizada, owned by funds managed by Apax Partners France, is a leading
global satellite communications provider offering total communications
solutions to customers including maritime fleets, emergency response teams,
government and military units, news gathering organizations, natural resource
exploration companies, enterprise businesses, airlines and more. The business
also has an extensive international network of more than 400 distribution
partners and operating globally through subsidiaries in Europe and the United
States, Latin America, the Middle East, North Africa, and the Pacific.
Vizada's teleports and communications facilities, located in the Czech
Republic, France, Norway, Slovakia and the United States, connect satellite
systems with terrestrial networks for seamless communications. Vizada's
website is www.vizada.com.




For further information:

For further information: Vizada Americas Head of Marketing Catherine
Melquist, +1 301 838 7762 catherine.melquist@vizada.com or Vizada Europe and
Rest of World Corporate Communications Manager Annie Hurley, +33 1 48 15 73 04
annie.hurley@vizada.com

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