SES confirms African satellite broadband deal

    SES Astra ties with Intersat to launch continental broadband service.
    SPECIAL REPORTS, Exhibitions coverage, IBC 2009

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    SES Astra confirmed a new deal with Intersat Africa on day two of IBC ’09, to expand the reach of its satellite-based broadband ASTRA2Connect service to Africa

    The service, which will start in January 2010, will be offered to households, small and medium enterprises as well as schools.

    With capacity coming from SES WORLD SKIES’ NSS-12 satellite, ASTRA2Connect will be available in ten countries in East and Central Africa, including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Somalia, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    SES Astra partner Newtec will supply Intersat Africa with the respective satellite broadband user terminals based on its Sat3Play technology.

    “Our agreement with Intersat Africa marks a milestone for the roll-out of ASTRA2Connect beyond Europe, and we are very proud that we are now able to offer our service in a dynamic market such as East and Central Africa,” said Norbert Willems, MD of ASTRA Broadband Services.

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