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August 29th, 2016

Real-Time Info Access For DoD End-User From SES GS Via O3b Networks

A satellite beam operating at less than 200 milliseconds per round trip, a full duplex symmetric 155 Mbps link, gateway access, a transportable 2.4 meter AvL terminal, terrestrial backhaul, installation services and 24x7x365 operations and maintenance activities, that's what SES Government Solutions (SES GS) will provide to a US DoD end-user via a new contract.

SES S.A. (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) revealed that SES Government Solutions (SES GS), a wholly owned subsidiary of SES, has been awarded this contract to provide an O3b Networks high throughput, low latency satellite communications solution for the government customer. The contract also enables the US Government to order additional O3b services to meet surge requirements.

Operational benefits of the solution include the capability to transfer large files from remote locations in just minutes instead of hours. Cloud-based applications and information can be used nearly anywhere in the service area. End-users will be able to view simultaneous high definition (HD) videos providing situational awareness to commanders. This real-time information access may enable better-informed, life-saving decisions in the field.

This is SES GS’s second US Government customer to use O3b Networks’ services this year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) was the first US Government agency to sign an agreement with SES GS, that one for an O3b high throughput solution at the Pago Pago National Weather Service Office in American Samoa. This service has been delivering critical information since May of 2016.

The President and
Pete Hoene.

According to Pete Hoene, the President and CEO of SES GS, with SES’s recent acquisition of O3b, the company is uniquely positioned to offer scalable, game-changing Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) high throughput, low latency and global Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) communications products and solutions. This is a clear differentiator for SES GS and the firm's US Government customers.