Luxembourg, September 11, 2012 - SES Broadband Services, a subsidiary of SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG), announced today that it has signed an agreement with SatADSL for the distribution of its satellite broadband service, SES Broadband, in Sub-Saharan Africa. The service will be provided via the ASTRA 4A satellite located at the orbital position of 5 degrees East.
SatADSL will start marketing SES Broadband from September 15, 2012 to provide internet access to businesses, banks, non-governmental organisations and governmental institutions in remote areas throughout Sub-Saharan Africa for critical applications such as financial transactions or reliable data transfers.
The broadband internet package includes Voice over IP (VoIP) and will offer download speeds of up to 4Mbit/s. SatADSL’s service offering also enables its customers to manage their service via a Virtual Network Operator (VNO).
“More and more African countries see broadband access as a key for economic success,” said Patrick Biewer, Managing Director of SES Broadband Services. "While there are plans to increase fibre connectivity across the African continent, 300 million people find themselves over 50 kilometres from a fibre or cable broadband connection. An additional 400 million people on the continent have no internet access at all. Through the use of satellite technology we are able to connect the unconnected and close the digital divide.”
“We are delighted about the agreement with SES Broadband Services to pioneer attractive, high-end satellite broadband services in Africa and are proud to offer specialised services and VNO capabilities at highly competitive prices,” said Thierry Eltges, CEO of SatADSL. “We are happy to facilitate the establishment of African companies outside of the densely populated areas and to create new business activities in rural areas.”
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SES is a world-leading satellite operator with a fleet of 51 geostationary satellites. The company provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators and business and governmental organisations worldwide.
SES stands for long-lasting business relationships, high-quality service and excellence in the broadcasting industry. The culturally diverse regional teams of SES are located around the globe and work closely with customers to meet their specific satellite bandwidth and service requirements.
SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) holds participations in Ciel in Canada and QuetzSat in Mexico, as well as a strategic participation in satellite infrastructure start-up O3b Networks. Further information under: www.ses.com.
About SatADSL www.satadsl.net
The company is seated in Brussels, Belgium, and offers Internet access by satellite in Africa since 2010. Hundreds of African companies use SatADSL service in over 15 different counties in Africa.
SatADSL new satellite communication service in Africa is unique because it combines very high-quality service with a low cost of equipment and subscriptions. Corporate users operating in remote areas require both service quality guaranteed by SLAs and affordability. SatADSL service offer is recognized in Africa as being a unique competitive offer for serving companies small branch offices performing business-critical transactions.
SatADSL teams up with highly qualified African partners who offer a high-quality service to professional end-users, spanning from Mali to South Africa. SatADSL distribution network is expanding every day.