Member Press Release

PCCW Global and Colt demonstrate speedy payment settlements using blockchain technology

The Proof of Concept undertaken by PCCW Global and Colt reduced inter-carrier settlement time from hundreds of man-hours per month to less than a minute

HKT (SEHK:6823) – HONG KONG / LONDON, March 13, 2018 – PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider, and Colt Technology Services have collaborated with Clear, a blockchain start-up company, to demonstrate that inter-carrier settlement times can be reduced from hours to minutes by blockchain technology.

The objective of this Proof of Concept (PoC) was to ascertain if the advantages offered by blockchain technology could be applied to make inter-carrier settlements more efficient, reliable, and scalable.

This PoC was specifically focused on the settlement area of wholesale voice minutes, as the majority of telecom operators have similar processes for these transactions.

Today, despite the financial importance of these settlements to wholesale carriers, they still involve manual transactions which are costly for all parties. In the trial, the application of blockchain’s decentralized, cryptographically enforced, immutable ledger technology resulted in tens of thousands of call records being analyzed and settled in a few minutes. Using blockchain technology, hundreds of hours of manual work were reduced to seconds of automated verification and settlement.

Furthermore, blockchain technology adds an extra layer of security and trust to transactions in an industry where sensitive and proprietary information is frequently exchanged, fraud is rife, and dispute resolution can be lengthy and complex.

Most of today’s blockchain technologies lack solutions for scalability, contract privacy and enterprise grade business logic, all critical for an industry wide settlement and clearing platform. However, through the use of proprietary technologies, this PoC demonstrated the viability of a blockchain-based wholesale trading system.

Both Colt and PCCW Global are members of the ITW Global Leaders’ Forum (GLF), where discussions on blockchain have featured heavily, and it was in this forum that the collaboration was cemented. GLF aims to foster an environment within the telecom industry that focuses on ubiquity and interoperability among providers. This PoC was centered around these themes by attempting to understand how a technology such as blockchain can benefit the sector as a whole.

Mr. Marc Halbfinger, Chief Executive Officer of PCCW Global and the Chairman of the GLF, said, “Everyone is talking about blockchain but the use cases in the telecom industry have been fairly limited until now. Whilst this deployment is currently only at the PoC stage, through our collaboration with Colt we are eager to demonstrate how the many potential uses of blockchain across our industry can deliver value by improving the ways in which we interoperate.”

Mr. Carl Grivner, Chief Executive Officer of Colt, said, “It is our goal to create a more agile, customer oriented organization, and one way in which we are doing this is by exploring the benefits of disruptive technologies, such as blockchain. Collaborating with PCCW Global and Clear is ground breaking, as we have demonstrated how blockchain can transform the way we conduct business in the telecom industry.”

Mr. Gal Hochberg, Chief Executive Officer of Clear, said, “It is exciting for any business to create something that has the power to truly innovate how an entire industry operates. This PoC marks the beginning of how blockchain is set to revolutionize the telecom sector.”

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About PCCW Global

PCCW Global is the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider, which is majority-owned by PCCW Limited. Covering more than 3,000 cities and 150 countries, the PCCW Global network supports a portfolio of integrated global communications solutions which include Ethernet, IP, fiber and satellite transmission solutions, international voice and VoIPX services, managed network & security services and our expanding “as-a-service” solutions including OTT video and Unified Communications.

PCCW Global is headquartered in Hong Kong, and maintains regional centers in Belgium, China, France, Greece, Japan, Korea, Singapore, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. To learn more about PCCW Global, please visit www.pccwglobal.com.

About HKT

HKT (SEHK: 6823) is Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider and leading operator in fixed-line, broadband and mobile communication services. It meets the needs of the Hong Kong public and local and international businesses with a wide range of services including local telephony, local data and broadband, international telecommunications, mobile, and other telecommunications businesses such as customer premises equipment sales, outsourcing, consulting, and contact centers.

HKT offers a unique quadruple-play experience in Hong Kong delivering media content on its fixed-line, broadband Internet access and mobile platforms jointly with its parent company, PCCW Limited.

HKT also provides a range of innovative and smart living services beyond connectivity to make the daily lives of customers more convenient, whether they are at home, in the workplace, or on the go. For more information, please visit www.hkt.com.

About Colt

Colt aims to be the leader in enabling customers’ digital transformation through agile and on-demand, high bandwidth solutions. The Colt IQ Network connects over 800 data centres across Europe, Asia and North America’s largest business hubs, with over 25,000 on net buildings and growing.

Colt has built its reputation on putting customers first. Customers include data intensive organisations spanning over 200 cities in nearly 30 countries. Colt is a recognised innovator and pioneer in Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Function Virtualisation (NFV). Privately owned, Colt is one of the most financially sound companies in its industry and able to provide the best customer experience at a competitive price. For more information, please visit www.colt.net.

About Clear

Clear builds blockchain-based wholesale services clearing and settlement platforms for entire industries, and the economies that support them. Using smart-contracts and state-of-the-art cryptography, Clear’s technology platforms enable enterprises to transition from current inefficient and manual processes to real-time trading and clearing on a global scale without compromise. By partnering with industry leaders, sustainable supporting economies are created, fostering evolution and innovation for the benefit of all participants. Clear aims to build a global infrastructure that allows organizations to leverage the opportunities and meet the challenges created by digital transformation, reduce costs and increase coordination and cooperation. Let’s make it Clear. To learn more about Clear, please visit www.clearx.io.

For further information, please contact:

Ivan Ho
PCCW Group
Tel: +852 2883 8747
Email: ivan.wy.ho@pccw.com

Nola Pocock
Colt
Tel: +44 791 771 4377
Email: nola.pocock@colt.net

Roni Shani
Clear
Tel: +1 646 760 8118
Email: roni@clearx.io

Eutelsat announces the appointment of Luis Jiménez Tuñón as Global Executive Vice President, Data Business Line

Paris, Washington DC, 12 March 2018 – Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) announced today at SATELLITE 2018 the appointment of Luis Jiménez Tuñón as Global Executive Vice President, Data Business Line. He will lead Eutelsat’s Data Business, including fixed data, Internet of Things (IoT), wholesale and new data business segments, providing solutions across Eutelsat’s global markets for enterprises, telecommunications operators and NGOs.

Luis is an accomplished, high level executive with over 15 years of experience in leading firms in the space and telecommunications industry. He previously worked at the National Space Institute of Denmark and then ISDEFE (formerly INSA) in Spain as Deputy Commercial Director. In 2006 he joined Vodafone Spain as Executive for New Business and then later as VP of Strategy. From 2011 to 2016, Luis was CEO of Vodafone Enabler, as well as Senior Vice President of Vodafone Spain from 2013 to 2016, running its wholesale business. He also has a robust entrepreneurial background, having founded two companies in the technology sector, and is an Independent Board Director of the US listed Cloud communications company Pareteum Corporation.

A Spanish citizen, Luis is a Telecommunications Engineer from the University of Zaragoza and DTU Denmark. He holds an Executive M.B.A. from EOI Business School (Madrid) and completed the Stanford Executive Program from Stanford Graduate School of Business in California.

Michel Azibert, Deputy CEO and Chief Commercial & Development Officer of Eutelsat, said: “I am delighted to have Luis on board the Eutelsat team. His proven success in global B2B and B2C telecommunications markets will be a strong asset in developing innovative solutions that bring more value to our customers across the globe, as data applications continue to evolve and diversify.”

About Eutelsat Communications

Founded in 1977, Eutelsat Communications is one of the world’s leading satellite operators. With a global fleet of satellites and associated ground infrastructure, Eutelsat enables clients across Video, Data, Government, Fixed and Mobile Broadband markets to communicate effectively to their customers, irrespective of their location. Over 6,800 television channels operated by leading media groups are broadcast by Eutelsat to one billion viewers equipped for DTH reception or connected to terrestrial networks. Headquartered in Paris, with offices and teleports around the globe, Eutelsat assembles 1,000 men and women from 44 countries who are dedicated to delivering the highest quality of service.

Eutelsat Communications is listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange (ticker: ETL).

For more about Eutelsat go to www.eutelsat.com

Press
Marie-Sophie Ecuer
Tel: + 33 1 53 98 37 91
mecuer@eutelsat.com

Christina Darvasi
Tel: +52 55 2629 5847
cdarvasi@eutelsat.com

Investors and analysts
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Tel. : +33 1 53 98 35 30
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cpugni@eutelsat.com

SPI International / FILMBOX Partners with MEASAT to pursue international expansion across Asia Pacific

Kuala Lumpur, 12 March 2018 – SPI International / FILMBOX, a rapidly-expanding global media company, has signed a multi-year agreement with MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd. (“MEASAT”) to distribute six 24 hour TV channels including one Ultra HD channel across the Asia Pacific region.

SPI International gains access to MEASAT’s 91.5°E hotslot with an established video neighborhood and strong affiliate base across wide geography comprising of Asia Pacific, Australia, Middle East and parts of Africa.

Broadcasting its premium content to cable operators and DTH providers, SPI will broadcast these worldwide thematic channels: FightBox HD,a 24/7 sports network with live international MMA events, DocuBox HD, a documentary channel covering nature, wild life, science and human civilization, Fast&FunBox HD, a lifestyle/sports channel with extreme adrenaline sports programming, FilmBox Art House, a movie channel presenting independent and classic films, Gametoon HD, a new interactive, eSports channel for millennials and FunBox UHD, a general entertainment channel featuring native Ultra HD content.

“For over 25 years, we have been a leading supplier of theatrical films and television programming in the international market and, with MEASAT’s expertise, we will be able to expand our 24 hour television channel distribution footprint and reach new audiences across Asia Pacific,” stated Murat Muratoglu, SPI’s head of distribution for MENA, Turkey, APAC, Russia and CIS, Baltics, Bulgaria and Ex-Yugo.

“MEASAT is excited to add SPI International’s prime HD and UHD content to our 91.5°E hotslot, which continues to be the preferred choice by broadcasters as Asia’s leading video neighborhood,” said Raj Malik, Senior Vice President – Sales, MEASAT. “Our experience in creating Asia’s strongest HD and UHD neighborhood, combined with our ability to offer customized solutions is key to the consistent growth in number of channels at 91.5°E”.
About SPI International

SPI International/FILMBOX is a global media company that operates 35+ television channels in more than 50 countries on six continents. The SPI channel portfolio includes thematic and movie channels that broadcast in Europe, Turkey, the Middle East, Africa, Asia/Pacific, Australia, LATAM and North America. Global TV brands owned by SPI/FILMBOX include FilmBox, FilmBox Art House, FunBox UHD, DocuBox, FightBox, FashionBox, Fast&FunBox, Gametoon and 360TuneBox. In addition to its channels, SPI is the major shareholder of Kino Polska S.A. in Poland which also operates two DTT channels: Stopklatka TV and Zoom TV. SPI/FILMBOX has been pioneering innovative new concepts and technologies to deliver a content library which now numbers over 6K titles worldwide. Among the largest aggregators of native Ultra HD content in the world. SPI/FILMBOX uses the latest technology, providing subscribers access to SPI’s linear and on-demand content. This includes live streaming of UHD programming and TV channels on any Internet-connected device via major global streaming media players as well as local OTT providers.

SPI International has been a leading supplier of theatrical films and television programming to the international market for over 25 years. SPI’s solid alliances with major license suppliers provide compelling content, with strong recognition and high demand. More info: www.spiintl.com

Contact: Jacek Osadnik / +48 512 097 552 / jacek_osadnik@spi.pl
About MEASAT

MEASAT is a premium supplier of communication and video services to leading broadcasters, Direct-To-Home (DTH) platforms and telecom operators. With capacity across six (6) communication satellites, MEASAT provides services to over 150 countries representing 80% of the world’s population across Asia, Middle East, Africa, Europe and Australia.

The MEASAT satellite fleet includes the state-of-the-art MEASAT-3, MEASAT-3a and MEASAT-3b satellites co-located at 91.5°E, supporting Asia’s premium DTH and video distribution neighbourhood; MEASAT-2 at 148.0°E; and, MEASAT-5 at 119.5°E. In Africa, the AFRICASAT-1a satellite at 46.0°E provides satellite capacity across the African continent with connectivity to Europe, the Middle East, Malaysia and Singapore.

Working with a select group of world-class partners, MEASAT also provides a complete range of broadcast and telecommunications solutions. Services include UHD, HD and SD video play-out, video turnaround, co-location, uplinking, broadband and IP connectivity services. For more information, please visit www.measat.com.

Contact: Ilham Bakti Adnan / +60 (3) 8213 2154 / ilham@measat.com

34 Top brands sign up for Vivo IPL 2018 on Star

The Co presenting sponsors are Vivo, Coca Cola and Jio
The associate sponsors are Polycab, Parle Products, AMFI, Make Amy Trip, Vimal Pan Masala and Asian Paints, Dream 11.

Mumbai (12th March 2018): The biggest and most eagerly awaited cricketing extravaganza in a decade of IPL history, the Vivo IPL 2018, has already attracted a phenomenal bouquet of leading brands. So far, as many as 34 brands have come on board with the Star Network.

Brands like Jio, AMFI, Asian Paints, Berger Paints, Blue Star, Ceat Tyres, Crompton, Dollar, Domino’s, Ford, Haier, Luminous, Pidilite, Sleep Well, Vanessa, Vimal Pan Masala and Voltas have joined Vivo, Colgate, Amul, Coca-Cola, Dream 11, Elica,Kent, MakeMyTrip, Parle Agro, Parle Products, Polycab and Vu TV, among others, to take the roster of brands on Vivo IPL 2018 on the Star Network to 34. Out of these the Co presenting sponsors are Vivo, Coca Cola and Jio and the associate sponsors are Polycab, Parle Products, AMFI, Make Amy Trip, Vimal Pan Masala and Asian Paints, Dream 11.

Anil Jayaraj, EVP, and Head of Ad Sales – Star Sports said, “We are delighted with the response for the VIVO IPL 2018 from the brands across sectors. We are happy to announce that the brand tally is now 34. Brands are actively choosing VIVO IPL 2018 as the marketing vehicle to deliver their business ambitions in 2018 as they have a single media property which can appeal to demographics across geographies. All brands that have come in so far have chosen to up their investments significantly over past years – this is because of their belief in the delivery of the combined power of TV as well as digital. These brands will get to leverage the power of multiple screens, multiple languages and broaden their reach and engagement like never before. 2018 VIVO IPL will be an un-missable platform to build brands.”

Star Re.imagines VIVO IPL 2018– While IPL has grown each year since its inception, 2018 promises to be an inflection point in its history, as Star India re.imagines the VIVO IPL 2018 making it deeply local with technology at the heart of the experience.

For the first time, Vivo IPL 2018 proposes to connect with many Indians in their relevant language -six different languages, Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Bengali. By leveraging the combined reach of digital and television the tournament will be broadcast, for the first time ever, on multiple TV channels and live streamed on Hotstar with an aim to reach out to 700 million fans across TV and digital in India. This will be one of the first few leagues in the world which proposes to use virtual reality and to bring live action from the stadium to fan homes. This immersive VR experience would make it possible for fans to come closer to the high-octane matches from the comfort of their homes. Along with dedicated language feeds, the network also proposes to have a Super Fan Feed available across cable, DTH and on Hotstar. This will be a curated feed for the intense fans who want more than just to watch the game. It may also include features like multiple camera angle options while viewing and data layers about the teams and players during the telecast.

CARTOON NETWORK USHERS IN A NEW WAVE OF CREATORS FOR TODAY’S KIDS

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Social Media Pitch: Cartoon Network taps new voices to create stories that reflect today’s kids with its largest content slate ever.

HONG KONG, March 9, 2018 – Cartoon Network has announced its largest slate of content ever from a new wave of creators telling stories that are relevant and reflective of today’s kids. The network, which is seeing success in total consumption across its platforms, is also adding more than 30 new games and apps to its mobile and web portfolio that has over 200 million worldwide downloads and now includes a series of podcasts, VR and AR experiences.

Known for its immersive storytelling, Cartoon Network is introducing the next generation of creators with series including: Owen Dennis’ mysterious and magical adventure Infinity Train and Diego Molano’s Latin American supernatural comedy Victor and Valentino.

These new series will be joining Apple & Onion from George Gendi and Craig of The Creek by Matt Burnett and Ben Levin; Julia Pott’s Summer Camp Island bowing this summer in the US; and Unikitty!, the newest series produced by Warner Bros. Animation, and based on the beloved character from The LEGO® Movie.

“It has always been in our DNA to embrace kids for who they are and build relatable worlds, stories and characters for them,” said Christina Miller, president of Cartoon Network-Adult Swim-Boomerang. “This moment is especially exciting because this new wave of talent naturally brings depth and interactivity to their storytelling. It is a perfect match for our audience!”

“Cartoon Network continues to see growth in time spent on video and gaming platforms as kids are enjoying our content across a vast array of environments,” said Donna Speciale, president of Turner Ad Sales. “The best way for brands to reach and engage our fans is through a total audience approach that captures all of these relevant spaces.”

The 2018-2019 programming, mobile and gaming lineup includes:

NEW SERIES
Apple & Onion – Apple and Onion, the eponymous characters of Cartoon Network’s newest buddy comedy created by George Gendi, made their debut in a limited run last month. The show stems from Cartoon Network’s global Artists Program and introduces best friends Apple and Onion who have decided to leave their hometowns to experience big city living.

Craig of the Creek – Co-created by three-time Emmy-nominated Steven Universe writers Matt Burnett and Ben Levin, Craig of the Creek follows the precocious Craig as he leads his best friends J.P. and Kelsey on comical journeys at their neighborhood creek, transforming everyday afternoons into thrilling expeditions through imaginative play.

Infinity Train – With a groundswell of fan support of the original short created through the Artist Program, this mystery adventure created by Owen Dennis follows a precocious young girl named Tulip who finds herself on a train full of infinite worlds and tries to find her way home. Infinity Train is slated to debut in 2019.

Summer Camp Island – In this wildly imaginative series based on an original Cartoon Network short created by Julia Pott, Summer Camp Island will unfold the mysteries that Oscar and his best friend Hedgehog encounter at a magical summer camp. Having completed a momentous festival run that included Sundance Film Festival, the highly anticipated series will premiere in Asia Pacific next year.

Victor and Valentino – Created by Diego Molano, this supernatural adventure comedy follows two half-brothers who spend a summer with their grandma in Monte Macabre, a small and mysterious town, where the myths and legends of Latin American folklore come to life.

RETURNING SERIES
Adventure Time – Cartoon Network and Mojang expand their partnership with an original Minecraft episode expected to premiere later this year. In the special episode titled, “Diamonds and Lemons,” while Finn and his friends unite to dig for treasure and fight off enemies, they experience setbacks and creative triumphs in a fantastic new vision of Ooo. The series is created by Pendleton Ward and executive produced by Adam Muto.

Ben 10 – Greenlit for a third season, Ben, cousin Gwen and Grandpa Max are ready for action that will be loaded with epic transformations, never-before-seen aliens and foes, and with high-energy vehicles to kick hero-time into maximum overdrive. New episodes from the current season, including a half-hour special will introduce the newest alien trying to invade Ben’s world – Shock Rock, who is looking to conquer the world and drain the planet of energy and resources.

Ben 10 Challenge, a live-action gameshow that tests the knowledge of the world’s biggest Ben 10 fans, launches in Asia Pacific in late 2018.

OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes – With a console video game and a season two greenlight in hand, K.O. is leveling up with new adventures, threats and villains on the horizon. Surprise heroes will also make their debut alongside some familiar faces in special crossover episodes that will power up the action, laughter and comedy to the next level.

Steven Universe – The three-time Emmy-nominated and two-time GLAAD-nominated series returns this year with three all-new, action-packed story arcs. The stakes are higher than ever before for Steven and the Crystal Gems as they must face internal and external battles unlike any they have ever encountered.

The Amazing World of Gumball – Season six of this BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning series from Cartoon Network Studios EMEA conjures up a new Halloween special, as well as an episode filled with music and dance. The season will continue the warm-hearted adventures with the energetic and fearless blue cat – Gumball – and his idiosyncratic family, the Wattersons.

The Powerpuff Girls – As the original harbingers of girl power, the iconic brand has been an inspiration to generations of girls and young women since its initial launch in November 1998. Twenty years later, the anniversary celebration begins with a global rollout of new episodes, events and products that will continue into 2019. Fourth sister Bliss will also return later this year in a new episode.

Teen Titans Go! – Robin, Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy and Cyborg may be heading to the movies for their big theatrical debut on July 27, but they will also be back for all-new episodes on Cartoon Network. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, season five of the Emmy-nominated superhero comedy is expected to premiere late in 2018 in Asia Pacific.

Unikitty! – Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and based on the beloved character from The LEGO® Movie, this sparkle-filled series will launch soon in Asia Pacific on Cartoon Network.

We Bare Bears – Greenlit for a fourth season, the BAFTA and Annie Award-winning series created by Daniel Chong returns for ambitious adventures and more adorable baby bears. Set to debut later this year, the three bear brothers will have their funniest escapes yet in all-new episodes that will include holiday specials, a half-hour Halloween episode full of scary stories and a wedding where the bears come to the rescue as the best man.

New episodes of additional Cartoon Network favourites Mighty Magiswords and Clarence will also roll out through the year.

DIGITAL EXPERIENCES

Cartoon Network will offer fans digital experiences across mobile, web and streaming platforms to engage with the worlds of Adventure Time, Ben 10, OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes, Steven Universe, and We Bare Bears, among other properties to be announced.

Bloons Adventure Time TD – Developed by Ninja Kiwi and based on their megahit Bloons Tower Defense franchise, Bloons Adventure Time TD features the Bloon hordes invading the Land of Ooo! Finn and Jake will need all the help they can get to stop them. Players can recruit their favorite Adventure Time characters including Princess Bubblegum, Marceline, Ice King and more, as well as the monkeys from the Bloons TD franchise as they travel from kingdom to kingdom to send the Bloons packing.

Ben 10 Alien Experience – Featuring the Omni-Enhanced Aliens of Ben 10 season two and synergizing with the new Playmates Toys Action Figures, this updated and enhanced augmented reality game will feature new gameplay, levels and enemies allowing fans to become Ben 10 in their own environment. Players can also use the camera feature to transform themselves into even more Aliens than before and save their own Omni-Enhanced photos and videos. Ben 10 Alien Experience is a free, ad-supported game and expected to be updated on all mobile platforms later this year.

The Steven Universe Podcast – With 10 new episodes launching as part of the third volume available this July, The Steven Universe Podcast will continue with an in-depth exploration of the people and places that make up the Steven Universe world. Each episode will include a close-up, behind-the-scenes look at characters and surroundings featured in the beloved animated series.

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About Cartoon Network
Turner’s Cartoon Network, the number one kids’ channel in Asia Pacific, offers the best in original animated content including the multi-award-winning global hits Ben 10, The Powerpuff Girls, OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes, Adventure Time and We Bare Bears.

Cartoon Network is available in 29 countries throughout Asia Pacific and is currently seen in more than 135 million pay-TV homes. Internationally, it is seen in 192 countries and over 400 million homes, and is an industry leader with a global offering of the best in award-winning animated entertainment for kids and families.

The brand is known for putting its fans at the centre of everything by applying creative thinking and innovation across multiple platforms. Cartoon Network also reaches millions more through its websites, games and apps, including Cartoon Network Watch and Play and Cartoon Network Anything. Cartoon Network, sister brand to Boomerang, POGO and Toonami, is created and distributed by Turner, a Time Warner Company.

Publicity Contact
James Moore, Director of Communications,
Turner Asia Pacific
James.Moore@turner.com
Tel: +852 3128-3720

Eutelsat commissions ELO, its first low earth orbit satellite designed for the Internet of Things

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Eutelsat commissions ELO, its first low earth orbit satellite designed for the Internet of Things
IoT specialist Sigfox to partner with Eutelsat for data analysis

Paris, 8 March 2018 – Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL), one of the world’s leading satellite operators, has commissioned a nano-satellite from manufacturer Tyvak International SRL, a subsidiary of Terran Orbital Corporation, a leading aerospace provider of nanosatellite and microsatellite vehicles and services. Eutelsat LEO for Objects (ELO) will be used to assess the performance of low earth orbit (LEO) satellites in providing narrowband connectivity for objects. The satellite operator will be drawing on the technology of Sigfox, which runs a unique global narrowband network dedicated to the IoT.

Low earth orbit is particularly well-suited to narrowband connectivity for objects. It offers a satellite link anywhere in the world, is complementary to terrestrial IoT networks, and does not impact the cost or the energy consumption of the objects. ELO, scheduled for launch in 2019, will backhaul information from objects located in areas that are not served by terrestrial networks and offer redundancy on existing terrestrial network coverage.

Sigfox will work with Eutelsat on two aspects: analyse the spectrum used by the satellite in ISM[1] frequency bands; and process data from objects. ELO will also test connectivity in other frequency bands. The synergies developed through the partnership with Sigfox, as well as with other strategic alliances in the telecom industry, should open up new opportunities for Eutelsat in this fast-growing market.

Jean-Hubert Lenotte, Chief Strategy Officer at Eutelsat, commented: “With the expansion of the Internet of Things, new services are being developed in a wide range of sectors including smart cities, the mining industry, agriculture and logistics. We are delighted to be exploring new avenues through the development of this nano-satellite, which once again demonstrates the intrinsic complementarity between terrestrial networks and satellite technology. By analysing the compatibility of LEO and connected objects, and working with recognised partners in the field, Eutelsat aims to provide an innovative solution which will meet the needs of future clients.”

How does it work?
Located on a sun-synchronous orbit between 500 and 600 km in altitude, the satellite will collect data from connected objects across the globe equipped with the same omni-directional antennas already used by terrestrial IoT networks. Data will then be transmitted daily to a ground station located on Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean.

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About Eutelsat Communications
Founded in 1977, Eutelsat Communications is one of the world’s leading satellite operators. With a global fleet of satellites and associated ground infrastructure, Eutelsat enables clients across Video, Data, Government, Fixed and Mobile Broadband markets to communicate effectively to their customers, irrespective of their location. Over 6,800 television channels operated by leading media groups are broadcast by Eutelsat to one billion viewers equipped for DTH reception or connected to terrestrial networks. Headquartered in Paris, with offices and teleports around the globe, Eutelsat assembles 1,000 men and women from 44 countries who are dedicated to delivering the highest quality of service.
Eutelsat Communications is listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange (ticker: ETL).
For more about Eutelsat go to www.eutelsat.com

Press
Marie-Sophie Ecuer Tel: + 33 1 53 98 37 91 mecuer@eutelsat.com
Christina Darvasi Tel: +52 55 2629 5847 cdarvasi@eutelsat.com

Investors and analysts
Joanna Darlington Tel. : +33 1 53 98 35 30 jdarlington@eutelsat.com
Cédric Pugni Tel. : +33 1 53 98 35 30 cpugni@eutelsat.com

About Sigfox
Sigfox is the world’s leading IoT service provider thanks to its global network that connects billions of devices to the Internet while consuming as little energy as possible, as simply as possible. Sigfox’s unique approach to device-to-cloud communications addresses the three greatest barriers to global IoT adoption: cost, energy consumption, and global scalability.
Today, the network is present in 45 countries and on track to cover 60 by 2018. With millions of objects connected and a rapidly growing partner ecosystem, Sigfox empowers companies to move their business model towards more digital services. Founded in 2010 by Ludovic Le Moan and Christophe Fourtet, the company is headquartered in Labège near Toulouse, France’s “IoT Valley”. Sigfox also has offices in Paris, Madrid, Munich, Boston, San Francisco, Dubai, Singapore, Sao Paulo and Tokyo.
For more information on Sigfox please visit our corporate website or find us on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Press contacts: Lucia GUZMAN lucia.guzman@sigfox.com

About Terran Orbital
Terran Orbital is a leading aerospace provider of nanosatellite and microsatellite vehicles, services, and solutions. Terran Orbital develops advanced technological solutions for customers focused on achieving leading edge space-based results. Through our Tyvak brands, based in the U.S. and Europe, Terran Orbital partners with customers to produce advanced mission solutions at industry leading turn-times and price-points.
For more about Tyvak visit www.tyvak.eu

DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF SCRIPPS NETWORKS INTERACTIVE; CHANGES COMPANY NAME TO DISCOVERY, INC.

Combination Creates A New Global Leader in Real-Life Entertainment Across All Screens

• Unrivalled global distribution platform reaching passionate fans in 220 countries and territories and 50 languages
• A leading digital player and platform innovator averaging 7 billion short-and mid-form monthly video views

SINGAPORE, March 7, 2018 – Discovery Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) announced today that the company has successfully completed its acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNI). Moving forward, the combined company will be officially known as simply: Discovery, Inc.

“Today marks another critical milestone for Discovery, as we become a differentiated kind of media company with the most trusted portfolio of family-friendly brands around the globe,” said David Zaslav, President and Chief Executive Officer for Discovery. “As a new global leader in real life entertainment, Discovery will serve loyal and passionate audiences around the world with content that inspires, informs and entertains across every screen; deliver new ways for advertisers and distributors to reach highly targeted audiences at scale; and leverage our leadership position to create new value and growth opportunities for all of our stakeholders.”

The name change to Discovery, Inc. demonstrates a new focus on growth in the areas at which Discovery excels, telling stories across deeply loved genres and empowering superfans to explore their world wherever and whenever they choose.

The acquisition is expected to be accretive to adjusted earnings per share and to free cash flow in the first year after closing, including significant cost synergies. The combination is expected to create a strong economic model with capacity for rapid debt repayment and a clear runway for growth and value creation.

Kenneth W. Lowe, former Chairman, President & CEO of Scripps Networks Interactive, will join Discovery’s board of directors, effective immediately.

Scripps shareholders will receive approximately US$90 per share, consisting of US$65.82 per share in cash and 1.0584 per share in Series C Common shares of Discovery stock valued based on a volume weighted average price (subject to elections and proration), in each case in accordance with the terms of the merger agreement. This includes a cash payment of US$2.82 per share in connection with Discovery’s previously announced decision to exercise in full the cash top-up option under the merger agreement.

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About Discovery:
Discovery, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is a global leader in real life entertainment, serving a passionate audience of superfans around the world with content that inspires, informs and entertains. Discovery delivers over 8,000 hours of original programming each year and has category leadership across deeply loved content genres around the world. Available in 220 countries and territories and 50 languages, Discovery is a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO portfolio of apps and Discovery Kids Play; direct-to-consumer streaming services such as Eurosport Player and Motor Trend OnDemand; and digital-first and social content from Group Nine Media. Discovery’s portfolio of premium brands includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, Turbo/Velocity, Animal Planet, and Science Channel, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe. For more information, please visit www.corporate.discovery.com and follow @DiscoveryInc across social platforms.

CARTOON NETWORK SCORES WINS AT FICCI ANIMATION AWARDS

MUMBAI, INDIA (March 6, 2018) – Cartoon Network, Turner’s leading kids’ entertainment channel, won two awards last night at “FICCI Frames – Best Animated Frames (BAF) Awards 2018” in Mumbai, India. BAF recognises excellence in animation, visual effects and gaming and are considered as the most prestigious recognition for creative talent in this field.

Cartoon Network walked away with an award for Lamput in the best animated episode (Indian) category and for Roll No. 21 – Kris Aur Ulta Pulta Time’ in the best animated film (Indian) category.

Turner was also nominated in a diverse set of categories at FICCI this year with Andy Pirki for the Promo Film (Indian) category, Bill and Tony – Spicy in the Animated Episode (International) selection and Roll No. 21 – Kris Aur Ulta Pulta Time again for Animated Film (International).

This is fourth year in a row that Turner original content has won at FICCI Frames. Cartoon Network’s short series Lamput also won the prestigious critics’ choice award as the best case study in the Animated Frames category in 2017.

Cartoon Network won Best Animated Film for its Roll No. 21 – Kris in Bollywood in 2016 and Best Animated Film for Roll No. 21 – Ticket to Australia the year before.

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For more information, please contact:
James Moore, Director of Communications, Turner Asia Pacific
James.Moore@turner.com
Tel: +852 3128-3720

About Cartoon Network Asia Pacific
Turner’s Cartoon Network, the number one kids’ channel in Asia Pacific, offers the best in original animated content including the multi-award-winning global hits Ben 10, The Powerpuff Girls, OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes, Adventure Time and We Bare Bears.

Cartoon Network is available in 29 countries throughout Asia Pacific and is currently seen in more than 135 million pay-TV homes. Internationally, it is seen in 192 countries and over 400 million homes, and is an industry leader with a global offering of the best in award-winning animated entertainment for kids and families.

The brand is known for putting its fans at the centre of everything by applying creative thinking and innovation across multiple platforms. Cartoon Network also reaches millions more through its websites, games and apps, including Cartoon Network Watch and Play and Cartoon Network Anything. Cartoon Network, sister brand to Boomerang, POGO and Toonami, is created and distributed by Turner, a Time Warner Company.

About Turner Asia Pacific
Turner Asia Pacific creates and distributes award-winning brands throughout the region, running 63 channels in 14 languages in 42 countries. These include CNN International, CNNj, CNN, HLN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang, POGO, Toonami, Warner TV, Oh!K, TNT, TCM Turner Classic Movies, truTV, MondoTV, TABI Channel, Tabi Tele, Mondo Mah-Jong TV, and HBO, HBO HD and WB in South Asia. Turner manages the business of Pay- and Free-TV-channels, as well as Internet-based services, and oversees commercial partnerships with various third-party media ventures; it teams with Warner Bros. and HBO to leverage Time Warner’s global reach. Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, Inc. (“Turner Asia Pacific”) is a Time Warner company.

APSTAR TV App Launched in Apps Market

Hong Kong, 2 March 2018 – APT Satellite Company Limited (APT Satellite) announced formal launch of APSTAR TV App download for Android and iOS.

“APT Satellite is committed to restlessly improving our service to customers. The App, namely “APSTAR TV” is just one more example. We develop the App for the purpose of providing value-added service to our media customers. It provides live-streaming for an variety of TV channels, as well as their time-shift recordings for seven days. By using “APSTAR TV”, our media customers’ TV channels can broadcast both on APSTAR satellites and on mobile devices simultaneously. It greatly broadens the coverage of their TV audience basis,” said Huang Baozhong, Executive Vice President, APT Satellite.

APSTAR TV is available on the market for all Android and iOS users, download, installation and use are free for the time being. Daily video recommendations are updated in Wechat account “APSTAR-TV”, and Facebook account “facebook.com/apstar.ott/.

About APT Satellite

Based in Hong Kong, APT SATELLITE COMPANY LIMITED (“APT Satellite”) is a satellite company operating a fleet of five satellites, namely APSTAR-5, APSTAR-6, APSTAR-7, APSTAR-7B and APSTAR-9. APSTAR-5C and APSTAR-6C are currently under construction, they will replace APSTAR-5 and APSTAR-6 respectively in 2018. The footprints of the fleet cover Asia, Middle East, Oceania, and most part of Europe and Africa, extending services to over 75% of the world’s population. Currently distributing 600+ TV channels around the world including HBO, Disney, Sony Pictures, NBCU, EBU, GMA, TVBI, TVn, Celestial Tiger etc, APT Satellite is also supplying transponder capacity to a variety of DTH platforms, as well as to media networks for video contributions across the world. For more: www.apstar.com

TUZKI INSPIRES MANISH ARORA COLLECTION AT PARIS FASHION WEEK

Turner’s rabbit emoticon used in Fall-Winter collection called ‘Orange is the new Zen’

PARIS – March 1, 2018: After winning millions of hearts in China, Turner’s massively popular emoticon, Tuzki, is ready to take the international world of glitz and glam by storm! Turner India has announced an exciting collaboration with Indian fashion designer Manish Arora for the international launch of a special Tuzki-inspired collection.

Launched as a part of Manish’s Fall-Winter collection, called ‘Orange is the new Zen’, was unveiled at the mecca of international fashion trends, the prestigious Paris Fashion Week. This year marks a milestone for the veteran designer, celebrating 10 glorious years of showcasing stunning designs at one of the world’s most revered fashion week.

Commenting on the collection launch, Manish Arora, India’s leading fashion designer said, “It feels great to partner with an iconic brand like Tuzki. This unique collection was inspired by this special rabbit. He personifies a composed, relaxed yet a cool lifestyle, one that is similar to mine. The collection is a story of Tuzki’s day in Paris where he is seen meditating below the Eiffel tower, chilling in his room with a glass of wine and watching nature from the window, highlighting the fascinating character that he is! Being a Tuzki fan, it’s a pleasure to be a part of his world now, in my own way.”

The collection, including t-shirts, dresses, jackets, pants, sweat shirts and accessories like backpacks, pouches and clutch bags, inspired by the rabbit, will be widely promoted and available for sale across Manish Arora Fashion stores in China, Tuzki’s home country, before bringing it to the Indian market.

Clement Schwebig, Turner Asia Pacific’s Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Business Development, Licensing and China, added, “It’s an exciting time for us, with two powerhouse brands coming together to showcase Tuzki to a new audience of fans. Paris Fashion Week serves as the perfect international platform to unveil a first glimpse of Manish’s Tuzki-inspired collection.”

With quirky movements and humorous body language, groovy dance moves and a penchant for milk, the mischievous bunny quickly became an internet sensation in China. Flitting from cheekiness to profound thoughts, Tuzki’s moods have reflected those of millions of people through emoji, gifs, animations and stickers on various platforms.

Embodying these unique traits and features of the emoji star, the collection is a unique dove-point between Tuzki’s quirky characteristics and Manish’s astute craftsmanship. The collection features apparels and accessories that puts the spotlight on Tuzki’s funny traits and peculiarities through the fashion designer’s quintessential creativity and play on colours. This collaboration is all set to elevate Tuzki’s presence to an unprecedented international scale, expanding his popularity beyond the China market.

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About Tuzki
Tuzki is a rabbit emoticon created by Momo Wang in 2006. Outlined in black and white, this rabbit is a youth-oriented character made famous by his expressive and amusing body gestures. The Tuzki emoji package is widely used by young adults across various online platforms such as instant messaging platforms, social media and blogs. There are tens of millions daily shares on global social media platforms, with billions of downloads on WeChat. Tuzki – the milk-drinking, carrot-loathing rabbit – has his own themed restaurant and café in Ningbo, China, and is also the star of an animated series and an upcoming theatrical movie. Tuzki is a Turner-owned IP.

About Turner Asia Pacific
Turner Asia Pacific creates and distributes award-winning brands throughout the region, running 63 channels in 14 languages in 42 countries. These include CNN International, CNNj, CNN, HLN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang, POGO, Toonami, Warner TV, Oh!K, TNT, TCM Turner Classic Movies, truTV, MondoTV, TABI Channel, Tabi Tele, Mondo Mah-Jong TV, and HBO, HBO HD and WB in South Asia. Turner manages the business of Pay- and Free-TV-channels, as well as Internet-based services, and oversees commercial partnerships with various third-party media ventures; it teams with Warner Bros. and HBO to leverage Time Warner’s global reach. Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, Inc. (“Turner Asia Pacific”) is a Time Warner company.