SES's AMC-9 satellite and GDS's ground infrastructure will deliver connectivity to remote oil and gas drilling sites

Houston/Luxembourg, November 5, 2014 – With North American oil and gas production on the rise, global satellite operator SES (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) today announced it has signed a new capacity agreement with Global Data Systems (GDS) to enable Stallion Oilfield Services to connect an increasing number of oil and gas drilling sites across the US and Canada.

Stallion, a leading provider of integrated wellsite services across North America, has doubled its use of SES satellite bandwidth and intensified its need for GDS full-scale teleport and infrastructure solutions to help the oil and gas industry boost operational efficiencies and workforce welfare.

By growing its service to 72 MHz of Ku-band capacity on SES's AMC-9 satellite, Stallion is enabling oil and gas companies and drilling contractors to remotely monitor drilling operations from a central site. Stallion is also delivering via satellite a wide range of applications, including high-speed broadband, corporate VPN and MPLS solutions, Netflix, and Skype, to enable drilling crews to remain connected with colleagues, friends and family while working in remote wellsite locations across the country and offshore in the Gulf of Mexico.

"Reliable satellite bandwidth plays a critical role in our ability to help oil and gas operators and drilling rig contractors reduce costs and streamline their operations," explained Pedro Buhigas, Chief Information Officer for Stallion. "Exploration and production firms are increasingly relying on communications infrastructure to bring real-time information to their central office locations," Buhigas said, citing a recent industry trend. "On the other end of the spectrum, satellite-delivered applications as simple as a phone call and internet access are ensuring that wellsite crews from the Gulf of Mexico to Alaska remain connected with their family and friends facilitating a higher quality of life while away from home. Being able to provide these services results in added value to our customers and enables them to stay well focused."

"Our partnership with GDS and Stallion represents a real growth story for SES in North America," stated John Matlaga, Vice President of Enterprise and Mobility Services for SES in North America. "This expansion further highlights the high-powered AMC-9 satellite as an ideal option for supporting oil and gas operations across the Gulf of Mexico and throughout the region."

"Stallion is providing comprehensive accommodations support to every phase of North America's remote oil and gas operations – from exploration to production, and GDS is customizing the network solutions needed to meet the daily requirements in the oil and gas market," said Ned Fasullo, Chief Marketing Officer for Global Data Systems. "We look forward to working with SES and Stallion to turn some of the most remote locations in North America into the most connected operations in the world."

For further information please contact:

Markus Payer
SES Communications
Tel: +352 710 725 500
[email protected]

About SES

SES is a world-leading satellite operator with a fleet of over 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 organizations 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 (NYSE 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.

About Stallion

Stallion Oilfield Services is one of the largest integrated providers of onshore workforce accommodations and related wellsite services to the oil and natural gas industry in the United States. Our service offerings are designed to improve living and working conditions at the wellsite, wellsite safety and the efficiency of our customers' drilling and production operations. We provide services to a diverse group of customers, ranging in scale from small oilfield service companies to large integrated exploration and production companies. To learn more, visit

About GDS

Global Data Systems owns and operates a commercial satellite teleport connected to a modular datacenter on company owned property at the junction of Interstate 10 and Interstate 49 in Lafayette, Louisiana. The company, founded in 1987, provides telecommunications, datacenter, systems integration, physical security, and managed services to the Energy, Healthcare, Education, Government and Commercial sectors. Visit GDS online at