SES Broadband Services expands partnership with ORBITCOM to start marketing Astra Connect for communities
Luxembourg, 25 September 2014 - SES Broadband Services (SBBS) today announced an expansion of its partnership with the Internet Service Provider ORBITCOM to include the delivery of Astra Connect for communities in Germany.
The new deal follows ORBITCOM's successful delivery of the Astra Connect service, which provides broadband Internet to individual households and businesses via a satellite dish. The partnership, which has been in place since April, has now been extended to include the marketing of Astra Connect for communities.
The solution uses a single antenna to provide an entire community with a satellite broadband connection, which is then distributed via a local network infrastructure, such as WiFi. Users served by the networks will be able to browse the different packages offered online and then place orders through a dedicated website and webshop set up by ORBITCOM. The ISP will also be responsible for the delivery of the equipment and customer support.
"Our Astra Connect for communities service provides a much needed solution for people who cannot be supplied with a high-speed Internet connection via the terrestrial infrastructure," said Patrick Biewer, the Managing Director of SES Broadband Services. "By expanding our partnership with ORBITCOM, we are able to extend and accelerate the rollout of this solution to villages and communities in Germany."
"With Astra Connect for communities, we can reach 100 percent of households where broadband access is insufficient. It is a quick and inexpensive solution for underserved communities," said Andreas Schmidt, the CEO of ORBITCOM.
For more information on Astra Connect see http://www.astraconnect.com
For further information please contact:
SES Broadband Services
Tel : +352 710 725 742
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 independently 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.
The ORBITCOM GmbH is an Internet Service Provider and distribution partner of SES Broadband Services. The company is based in Trier and was founded in 2014. As an eCommerce expert, ORBITCOM markets the satellite broadband service Astra Connect with six different offerings through online and direct sales channels.
Many German households today still have no broadband Internet access. ORBITCOM focuses on these households, especially located in un- or undersupplied broadband areas as well as users who wish to enhance their current Internet connection.