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April 4th, 2012

SES + SkyGate Open The Broadband Gates In The Middle East

[SatNews] Nothing like a gate opening and providing a service sorely needed in the Middle East.

SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) and SkyGate, an Internet service provider in the Middle East, announced today that they have signed a five year contract for the distribution of SES’ successful satellite broadband service SES Broadband, formerly known as ASTRA2Connect, in the Middle East.

ASTRA 3B satellite's footprint at the 23.5 degrees East orbital position

SkyGate markets SES Broadband to end customers and businesses in the region, offering download speeds of up to 10 Mbps using the ASTRA 3B satellite at the 23.5 degrees East orbital position. SES Broadband is a fast Internet solution for SMEs and residential users, especially in remote areas. It is marketed via distribution partners and ideally suited for areas that lack terrestrial broadband access.

"With SkyGate we have found an excellent partner to deliver satellite broadband to the Middle East. We see growing demand for connectivity coming from this region and with SkyGate we will be able to offer reliable broadband access to businesses and individuals that have so far been lacking Internet connection,” said Ferdinand Kayser, Chief Commercial Officer of SES.

Ashraf Hajjaj, CEO of SkyGate, said: “The Middle East region is one of the fastest growing markets and we are delighted to cooperate with SES and profit from its expertise to further grow our business. We are looking forward to extending the service with SES to increase the satisfaction of our current and future customers.”