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MTN Communications Renews Critical Capacity Agreement with SES
[November 07, 2013]

MTN Communications Renews Critical Capacity Agreement with SES

HOUSTON --(Business Wire)--

With cruise ships, yachts and exploration vessels demanding more connectivity worldwide, communications service provider MTN (News - Alert) and global satellite operator SES (NYSE Paris:SESG)(LuxX:SESG) today announced they have renewed a critical capacity agreement to deliver high-speed broadband to vital shipping routes throughout the Indian Ocean Region. The deal marks the latest milestone in a long-term global maritime partnership.

A multi-year deal meeting global demand for reliable communications and content services in the IOR, MTN has secured capacity on several transponders aboard SES' (News - Alert) NSS-12 satellite to offer reliable connectivity for applications as varied as the connectivity needs at sea. Corporate network services, passenger and crew communications and lifestyle entertainment offerings are being delivered to vessels travelling one of the world's largest oceans and busiest shipping routes serving the African and Asian coasts and port cities in Australia and Antarctica.

Ship operators and their guests and crew count on MTN communications services to meet a broad range of offshore demands, including the need to keep passengers and crew happy and connected to family and colleagues around the world. Satellite-delivered high-speed broadband also enables MTN customers to remotely monitor their operations at sea real-time from anywhere. MTN relies on multiple SES satellites to serve its maritime customers around the world.

"MTN and SES have successfully served the growing connectivity demands of our customers throughout the world for years," said Zafar Khan, Vice President of Systems and Space Engineering for MTN. "This renewed agreement with SES underscores our commitment to the Indian Ocean Region and serves as a testament to our confidence in SES satellites, people and expertise. SES has been an important partner, as MTN continues to grow and expand its mobility service offerings as well as its new hybrid-network. This innovative solution allows partners to seamlessly switch from satellite to errestrial broadband, maximizing the bandwidth delivered to each vessel and others in their fleets for the best and most reliable performance and cost efficiencies."

"MTN is a true innovator in global maritime services enabling passengers and crew aboard cruise ships, yachts and oil and gas exploration vessels to connect at sea," said John Matlaga, Vice President of Mobility and Enterprise Services in North America for SES. "Exciting advancements in mobility technologies, including high-throughput mobility beams aboard SES satellites, are enabling maritime leaders like MTN to help their customers operate as effectively and efficiently on the world's oceans as they do on land."

About the Satellite

NSS-12 supports DTH and maritime services and delivers 2G, 3G and Wi-max backhaul services over the Middle East and Europe, Central and South Asia and East Africa. It is capable of cross-strapping between C- and Ku-band transponders and can cross-connect China to Africa.

About SES

SES is a world-leading satellite operator with a fleet of 54 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 (NYSE Paris:SESG)(LuxX: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:

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