SES secures Saudi capacity deal

SES NEW SKIES and Saudi Arabia-based telecoms service provider DETECON announced a new contract on the first day of Satellite MENA 2009.

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SES NEW SKIES and Saudi Arabia-based telecoms service provider DETECON announced a new contract on the first day of Satellite MENA 2009.

DETECON will lease 36 MHz of capacity on SES NEW SKIES upcoming NSS-12 satellite.

NSS-12 is designed to be one of the most powerful and versatile satellites in the SES fleet, and is a reflection of SES strategy to significantly invest in the Middle East market,” claimed Nigel Gibson, regional VP, Europe and Middle East, SES NEW SKIES.

With this new multi-year agreement, we are proud to continue our longstanding business partnership with DETASAD, where we believe that our contribution fits perfectly with their proposition of delivering integrated solutions to the region.

NSS-12 is scheduled for operational service in the second half of 2009 and will replace the existing NSS-703 satellite at the orbital location of 57 degrees East.

"We chose NSS-12 because of the spacecraft's coverage of the whole Middle East as well as important parts of Europe," said Dr. Harald Stange, director BU ICT services, DETECON.

It will ideally support our strategy to provide satellite services to our customers in the Middle East with optimised power/bandwidth solutions. It also will allow us to contribute to growing commercial interrelations in the region by providing reliable satellite links between the Middle East and Europe.

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