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Astrium to utilise SES-4 capacity

SES and Astrium Services have signed capacity deals to deliver connectivity to vessels around Latin America as well as in the North Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.

Astrium Services will renew capacity on the SES-4 satellite to provide its maritime customers with communications services. Located at 338 degrees East, SES-4 is among several SES satellites providing capacity to Astrium Services.

“The comprehensive coverage of the new SES-4 satellite extending from the Arabian Sea to the South Pacific Ocean is ideal for our customers in this region,” said Tore Morten Olsen, head of maritime within the business communications division of Astrium Services.

“Combined with SES' satellite expertise and our dedicated sales and service team, this coverage is key in developing reliable VSAT services for our global customers in these strategic maritime routes.”

Astrium says that the wider footprint of SES-4 will extend its coverage over the Gulf of Aden to support customers in piracy risk zones, for instance off the coast of Somalia, as well as maritime customers in Europe.

“On-the-move global communications needs of the maritime industry have to be met constantly even when vessels and crews are at remote regions of the world,” said Norbert Hölzle, senior vice president of Europe, commercial for SES.

“The series of new contracts with Astrium Services reinforces our long-standing partnership and is a testament to our leading position in delivering mobility satellite services.”

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