SES to Deliver Satellite Communications Infrastructure and Services to Galileo

  SES to Deliver Satellite Communications Infrastructure and Services to

        Contract with BT supports Galileo’s Data Dissemination Network

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LUXEMBOURG -- March 7, 2013

SES S.A. (NYSE Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) announced today that it has signed,
through its service company SES TechCom, a contract with BT to provide
satellite communications services for the Galileo Data Dissemination Network
(GDDN) to support the Galileo Operator Spaceopal. The agreement includes the
deployment, maintenance and support of Satcom ground infrastructure at various
remote locations around the world including Antarctica, the provision of
satellite capacity, and the monitoring and control of the GDDN satellite
network. BT is the communications service provider of GDDN, responsible for
its design, deployment and operation, while Spaceopal is Galileo’s Operations
contractor. The contract was signed today in Luxemburg in the presence of the
Grand-Duchy’s Minister for Higher Education and Research Minister, François
Biltgen, in Luxembourg.

SES TechCom Managing Director Gerhard Bethscheider stated: “The selection of
SES TechCom for this prestigious project illustrates the reputation which the
Luxembourg Space industry has acquired since 2005, when the Grand-Duchy became
a full member of the European Space Agency. We are delighted to work closely
together with our partners BT and Spaceopal on the realisation of Europe’s
most prestigious satellite navigation constellation.”

Galileo - managed by the European Space Agency on behalf of the European Union
- is Europe's initiative for a state-of-the-art global satellite navigation
system, designed to provide a highly accurate, guaranteed global positioning
service under civilian control. GDDN is an essential element of the Galileo
communications infrastructure. It interconnects the two Galileo Control
Centers in Italy and Germany to an extensive network of sensor stations,
uplink stations and TT&C (Telemetry, Tracking & Control) stations distributed
around the world. It also provides the connectivity to the Galileo satellite
test and launch facilities, security monitoring centers, network management
facilities and external entities.

Edwin Hageman, CEO BT Benelux, said: “Following our successful deployment in
the ‘in-orbit validation’ phase of the project, we were thrilled that
Spaceopal selected us last December to also provide network services in the
next ‘full operational capability’ phase. In this phase, we will expand the
network and upgrade existing sites to the latest design and technology. I am
confident that with SES, we have a winning team to deliver the opportunities
that lie ahead for the Galileo programme.”

Francesco d`Amore, Spaceopal`s Managing Director, explained: “Galileo is much
more than operating satellites in space from control centers in
Oberpfaffenhofen and Fucino. The overall operations management needs permanent
connections, with infrastructure distributed around the globe. The worldwide
network is essential to ensure the continuity and reliability of the time and
positioning information. Therefore, Spaceopal relies on the huge experience of
both European communication service providers BT and SES.”

Minister Biltgen recalled the instrumental role of the participation of
Luxembourg in the ESA Galileo programme to enable the positioning of
Luxembourg industry in the implementation of the European GNSS programmes:
“The contract signed today is an illustration that the capabilities developed
in the frame of ESA programs lead to new opportunities for the Luxembourg
space industry. Successes like the present one justify the continuous support
of the Government to the development of this sector in Luxembourg.” Luxembourg
joined the Galileo programme of ESA in 2005. This participation enabled
Luxembourg industry to become a visible contributor to the development and the
deployment of the Galileo system.

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About SES

SES is a world-leading satellite operator with a fleet of 52 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
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The Galileo program is funded by the European Union. The views expressed
herein can in no way be construed as reflecting the official opinion of the
European Union and/or of the European Space Agency.


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