Astra Connect to Help Bridge Digital Divide in French Schools

Luxembourg, 6 June 2014. SES Broadband Services (SBBS) today announced its Astra Connect solution has been selected as part of the “Connected Schools” project which is looking to connect and subsidise broadband delivery to nearly 9,000 eligible schools in France which are not served by fiber or terrestrial ADSL.

The offers of SBBS’ distribution partners, Connexion Verte, Wibox and Auvea were selected after meeting the eligibility criteria provided by the state and are based on the Astra Connect broadband via satellite service, in this case specifically tailored for schools.

The tailored Ka-band-based solution allows for download speeds of up to 25 Mbit/s and daily volume allowances. The volume includes 1 GB, 2 GB or 4 GB per day on school days from 7.00am to 6.00pm. During these hours and for the selected volume, the solution offers high priority access to the Astra Connect network. Outside of these times, or after exceeding the daily data, the service delivers unlimited access with download speeds of up to 16 Mbps in a best effort mode.

"We welcome the French Government’s decision to select our service as part of this very important national initiative. The deployment of ADSL and fiber networks has still not reached many schools in various regions and our solution will deliver to them immediate access comparable to urban broadband Internet networks. This project will further strengthen our position both in the French connectivity market and the education sector,” said Patrick Biewer, Managing Director of SES Broadband Services.

 

For further information please contact:

Monika Lebkowska
SES Broadband Services
Tel : +352 710 725  593
Monika.Lebkowska@ses.com

 

About SES Broadband Services

SES Broadband Services, a 100% owned affiliate of the satellite operator SES (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG), provides high-speed broadband solutions via satellite. The SES Broadband service was introduced in 2007 and is marketed via distribution partners in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In Europe the service is marketed under the brand name Astra Connect.

The service offers a unique opportunity to individuals, businesses and communities to access the internet independent of any terrestrial infrastructure. SES Broadband Services is technically available across the entire fleet of SES and able to support Triple Play services combining broadband access with Voice over IP (VoIP) telephony and TV reception.

For further information on residential services please visit www.astraconnect.com or www.ses.com/broadband-services for business applications.