JSAT to Lease JCSAT-9 Satellite to NTT DoCoMo


TOKYO, JAPAN, May 23, 2003 --- JSAT Corporation and NTT DoCoMo, Inc. today concluded an agreement whereby NTT DoCoMo will partially lease transponder capacity on the JCSAT-9 satellite from JSAT for the duration of the satellite's design life. JSAT will purchase the JCSAT-9 satellite to succeed the N-STARa satellite, which is jointly owned with NTT DoCoMo. N-STARa is currently positioned in a 132 east orbit.

The two companies will clarify their respective responsibilities under the agreement, while working to raise operating efficiency. This will enable the two companies to respond immediately to any issues that may arise and improve quality of service.

JCSAT-9 Profile
Name JCSAT-9
Orbital position 132 E
Fixed Satellite Service (FSS) mission: Ku-band, C-band
Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) mission: C-band, S-band
Design life 12 years
Service Fixed Satellite Service: dedicated satellite communications services, etc.
Mobile Satellite Service: mobile satellite communications services
Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems
Launch schedule 2005

About JSAT
JSAT Corporation is a leading satellite operator in the Asia Pacific region. The company owns and operates eight satellites in seven orbital slots. JSAT provides communications and broadcasting services that offer a variety of solutions to a wide range of customers. Based on its corporate slogan, "JSAT, Expanding Horizons," the company is actively expanding its operation internationally and cultivating new customer sectors. JSAT is listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. For more information, visit www.jsat.net.

About NTT DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo is the world's leading mobile communications company with more than 46 million customers. The company provides a wide variety of leading-edge mobile multimedia services. These include , the world's most popular mobile internet service, which provides e-mail and internet access to over 38 million subscribers, and , launched in 2001 as the world's first 3G mobile service based on W-CDMA. In addition to wholly owned subsidiaries in Europe and North and South America, the company is expanding its global reach through strategic alliances with mobile and multimedia service providers in the Asia-Pacific, Europe and North and South America. NTT DoCoMo is listed on the Tokyo (9437), London (NDCM), and New York (DCM) stock exchanges. For more information, visit www.docomo.ne.jp/english

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