Luxembourg, April 3, 2012 - SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) and SkyGate, an internet service provider in the Middle East, announced today that they have signed a five year contract for the distribution of SES’ successful satellite broadband service SES Broadband, formerly known as ASTRA2Connect, in the Middle East.
SkyGate markets SES Broadband to end customers and businesses in the region, offering download speeds of up to 10 Mbps using the ASTRA 3B satellite at the 23.5 degrees East orbital position (view the satellite's footprint at: www.ses.com/4628740/astra-3b). SES Broadband is a fast internet solution for SMEs and residential users, especially in remote areas. It is marketed via distribution partners and ideally suited for areas that lack terrestrial broadband access.
"With SkyGate we have found an excellent partner to deliver satellite broadband to the Middle East. We see growing demand for connectivity coming from this region and with SkyGate we will be able to offer reliable broadband access to businesses and individuals that have so far been lacking internet connection,” said Ferdinand Kayser, Chief Commercial Officer of SES.
Ashraf Hajjaj, CEO of SkyGate, said: “The Middle East region is one of the fastest growing markets and we are delighted to cooperate with SES and profit from its expertise to further grow our business. We are looking forward to extending the service with SES to increase the satisfaction of our current and future customers.”
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SES is a world-leading satellite operator with a fleet of 50 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.
SkyGate is one of the most popular satellite broadband services in the Middle East. The company provides fast, reliable two-way satellite broadband services to homes and offices. Its service is easy to install and manage, has high levels of built-in security and supports VoIP, video on-demand and other TV capabilities.
SkyGate LLC is based in The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan as geostrategic gateway to the Middle East. The multilingual team offers customer support everywhere in the Middle East and Africa throughout the various coverage areas. Further information under: www.skygate.me