“The flexibility of our satellite fleet has enabled a quick migration from imported IP-based connectivity via Asia or Europe to the deployment of VSAT networks delivering a wealth of communications capabilities within the region,” explained Hussein Oteifa, Senior Regional Director in the Middle East for SES.
“As the demand has shifted, we’ve been able to reconfigure our spacecraft and unify our resources to meet the changing needs of our customers and the marketplace,” noted Oteifa. “Whether it’s extending the reach of fiber and mobile phone service into remote places or enabling the rapid establishment of reliable data networks virtually anywhere in the region, the Middle East is increasingly counting on SES.”
The Capacity to Connect
Huge demand for satellite bandwidth is on the horizon in the Middle East. Innovators in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates, to name just a few, are utilizing SES capacity over GSM backhaul and VSAT networks to both augment and create growth opportunities.
The Expertise to Deliver
Capacity alone isn’t enough – not for a region tapping the full range and potential of satellite technologies and solutions. Service providers, operators and government agencies across the Middle East rely on SES and its broad offering of training and educational programs aimed at maximizing successful deployments and minimizing interference.
Poised for Regional Growth
SES has an aggressive satellite fleet investment strategy aimed at ensuring enough capacity to meet the burgeoning regional demand. SES WORLD SKIES’ NSS-6, NSS-7, NSS-10 and NSS-12 satellites, along with SES ASTRA’s ASTRA-3B spacecraft, currently serve the Middle East. Four additional satellites will be launched in the next two years to bolster the bandwidth necessary to enable the connectivity evolution in Africa, India and the Middle East. SES-4 and SES-5 are both scheduled to initiate service next year, while ASTRA 2F and ASTRA 2E are expected to launch in 2012 and 2013 respectively.