Luxembourg, 20 December 2011 - SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) announced today that its satellite-based broadband service ASTRA2Connect is now available with download speeds of up to 10 Mbps. Following agreements with German Internet service provider Filiago and UK-based distribution partner BeyonDSL, end-users in Germany and in the UK and Ireland are now able to enjoy increased speeds with their satellite broadband Internet connection. Both companies are long-standing ASTRA2Connect partners.
ASTRA2Connect is Europe's most successful satellite broadband service, with more than 80,000 end-users to date. The service is available via the orbital positions 23.5 degrees East and 28.2 degrees East. At 28.2 degrees East SES recently added another satellite, ASTRA 1N, that provides additional capacity for ASTRA2Connect. Both Filiago and BeyonDSL will distribute the service to consumers at competitively-priced packages.
"The agreements with Filiago and BeyonDSL for increased service speeds represent a major step forward. They will enhance the user experience and further increase the competitiveness of ASTRA2Connect," said Ferdinand Kayser, Chief Commercial Officer of SES. "With increased download speeds of up to 10Mbps, we will further grow our user base. We also plan to expand the service into other European markets to improve internet access for everyone."
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SES is a world-leading satellite operator with a fleet of 49 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.