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ACOMMS Award


August 20, 2007

Nonthaburi, Thailand August 20, 2007. Shin Satellite Public Company Limited ('SATTEL'), Asia's leading commercial satellite operator, announces today that its subsidiary, IPSTAR Australia Pty., Ltd. (IPA) has received The 2007 ACOMMS: Communications Alliance & Commsday Awards, 'Telecommunications Carrier/ Service Provider Awards of Excellence for The Competitive & Growth- SME' on July 19th, 2007 in Sydney. The Hon. Senator Helen Coonan, Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts presided over the Awards Ceremony and addressed the keynote speech for the event. A total of seven companies and one individual were awarded among the 25 finalists. The winners included Alcatel-Lucent, Hutchison Telecoms, Market Clarity, Telstra Corporation, Unwired Australia, Vanco Australasia, and IPSTAR Australia.

The ACOMMS Awards are managed by the cooperation between the Communications Alliance and the Communications Day, the respected Australian industry publication. The Awards are judged primarily on the basis of eligible performance and contribution within Australia telecommunications market , regardless of size, location, or Communications Alliance membership and whether service providers, vendors or suppliers of professional services. It is considered one of the most prestigious telecom awards of Australia.

After the launch of services in November 2005, IPSTAR Australia has been offering the most competitive satellite broadband services focusing on a long term perspective rather than short term profit. Mr. Teerasak Sawekpun, General Manager of IPSTAR Australia said, 'We are honored to receive the 2007 ACOMMS Award under the category, 'Telecommunications Carrier/ Service Provider Awards of Excellence for the Competitive & Growth- SME'. IPSTAR initiated and is driving the growth of satellite broadband services in the consumer space through multiple service providers in Australia. As part of the IPSTAR commitment, we aim at breaking down all barriers to access broadband especially in the remote areas, where affordability is an issue as well as availability of the services. Thanks to Australian Government Funding, IPSTAR Australia can offer broadband services for as low as AU$29.95 per month. [~ 900 Baht]. The per-customer funding, in a way, gives customers the option to choose providers that offer best value products. IPSTAR has proved so since we started our consumer product in the middle of 2006. Today, we are receiving very positive response from people in regional Australia and thus achieving the highest monthly growth in satellite broadband services in the country. We will continue to make IPSTAR service affordable and meeting customer evolving requirements. .'

IPSTAR Australia has set a new benchmark in the Australian telecommunications industry with this new price point for broadband services in regional Australia. Currently, the Company provides broadband services through various service providers across the country. IPSTAR has the capacity that can serve up to 500,000 subscribers in Australia based on current usage profile. IPSTAR Australia also promotes various applications on the IPSTAR platform such as VoIP, Video Conferencing, Video Services to maximize user benefit in all walk of life.

Currently, IPSTAR Australia has deployed approximately 23,000 Users Terminal and growing steadily to reach 35,000 by end 2007.

About Communications Alliance Australia
Communications Alliance was formed to provide a unified voice for the Australian communications industry and to lead it into the next generation of converging networks, technologies and services. Communications Alliance offers a forum for the industry to make coherent and constructive contributions to policy development and debate. In addition, the prime mission of Communications Alliance is to promote the growth of the Australian communications industry and the protection of consumer interests by fostering the highest standards of business ethics and behavior through industry self-governance.

Membership of Communications Alliance is drawn from a wide cross-section of the communications industry, including service providers, vendors, consultants and suppliers as well as business and consumer groups.

For additional information, www.commsalliance.com.au
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