Belgium Satellite Services increases capacity with Eutelsat to boost development of VSAT services in Africa and Middle East

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Belgium Satellite Services increases capacity with Eutelsat to boost
development of VSAT services in Africa and Middle East 
Paris, 17 Jan uary 2013 - Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) and 
Belgium Satellite Services (BSS), a leading teleport and satellite 
communications provider in Europe and Asia, today announced the signature of a 
new long-term contract for 46 MHz of C-band capacity on the EUTELSAT 10A 
The contract reflects BSS's ambition to step up its activity in Africa and the 
Middle East, and follows its acquisition, completed last month, of INTERSAT, a 
leading provider of satellite-based data solutions with offices in Kenya and 
the United Arab Emirates. The new capacity on EUTELSAT 10A will allow BSS to 
expand VSAT services for the client base of more than 150 businesses, NGOs and 
government administrations built by INTERSAT in over 25 countries in Africa and
the Middle East, and to develop new business. Networks will be managed by BSS 
using its teleport in Lessive (Belgium) and state of the art ground station 
equipped with the latest iDirect technology. 
Nitin Dhawan, CEO of Belgium Satellite Services reports: "We are happy to take
our strong 10-year relationship with Eutelsat to the next level. This is 
important for BSS as the acquisition of INTERSAT has significantly expanded the
scope of our business. Thanks to the extensive C-band footprint on EUTELSAT 10A
satellite we can build a strong platform for service provision across the 
African continent and the Middle East. We are now positioned to strengthen our 
response to businesses and multinationals in demanding enterprise sectors, 
including the banking sector, that need secure and scalable networks. The new 
capacity enables us to consolidate our long-term positioning in this part of 
the world, boosting our international expansion." 
Jean-François Leprince-Ringuet, Chief Commercial Officer at Eutelsat, added:
"This new contract with BSS further anchors EUTELSAT 10A in dynamic regions
across Africa and the Middle East. We are delighted that its performance and
coverage will enable BSS to accelerate its growth and that our longstanding
partner has renewed its confidence in us with this new lease." 
About Belgium Satellite Services  
Belgium Satellite Services s.a. (BSS) is a leading player in the worldwide 
satellite services market, providing tailor-made, high quality satellite 
networking solutions including hub and hosting services, IP over satellite, 
voice termination and TV & broadcast solutions. BSS was formed following the 
acquisition of Belgacom's satellite services division in 2007. With two 
teleport sites and state-of-the-art facilities in Belgium and excellent fiber 
connectivity between the teleport and the globe, BSS is committed to providing
international broadcasters, Internet Service Providers and corporate customers 
with advanced satellite services at a competitive price. 
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About Eutelsat Communications  
With capacity commercialised on 30 satellites delivering reach of Europe, the 
Middle East, Africa, Asia, significant parts of the Americas and the 
Asia-Pacific, Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris : ETL, code 
ISIN: FR0010221234) is one of the world's leading satellite operators. As of 
30 September 2012 Eutelsat's satellites were broadcasting more than 4,400
television channels to over 200 million cable and satellite homes in Europe, 
the Middle East and Africa. The Group's satellites also provide a wide range of
services for TV contribution, corporate networks and fixed and mobile broadband
markets. Headquartered in Paris, Eutelsat and its subsidiaries employ over 750
commercial, technical and operational professionals from 30 countries.  
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