SES PROVIDES SATELLITE CAPACITY FOR GATEWAY COMMUNICATIONS21.05.2012
Luxembourg, May, 21, 2012 - SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) announced today that it has signed new contracts with the African telecommunications carrier, Gateway Communications Africa for capacity on its NSS-703 satellite at 313 degrees East and its NSS-5 and NSS-7 satellites positioned at 340 degrees East.
The additional capacity will allow Gateway Communications to expand its business with mobile network operators (MNOs) and internet service providers (ISPs) on the African continent.
"These organisations face infrastructure issues in Africa due to the vast territories to be covered and this is where satellite coverage is used to alleviate some of the mobile backhaul limitations", states Ibrahima Guimba-Saidou, Vice President and General Manager, of SES for Africa.
SES currently has eight satellites serving the African continent, with a further two planned for launch during the course of 2012.
"Satellite connectivity remains a core tool in connecting our customers to each other and to the rest of the world. As subsea cables bring more capacity to the coast of Africa, investing in satellite and building terrestrial networks have a great future across Africa," said Phil Braden, COO for Gateway Communications.
Gateway Communications is a pan-African wholesale telecommunications carrier supporting Africa's foremost mobile operators and helping many of the world's largest telecoms company connect across Africa.
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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.
About Gateway Communications
Gateway Communications serve Africa and the Middle East with the broadest network footprint covering over 40 African countries, with 24 dedicated teleports, access to multiple sub-sea landing ports, 17 African offices and teams of local on-the-ground experts. The company is continually investing in infrastructure, including terrestrial and sub-sea connectivity, and focuses specifically on a hybrid approach, ensuring the best fit for each carrier customer – using fibre, satellite, microwave and wireless.
Gateway Communications offers its customers choice, reliability and speed to market as well as efficient, tailored, high-quality, managed and cost-effective solutions. Gateway Communications will continue to invest in Africa, ensuring that it provides value, innovation and award-winning service levels to all its customers.