Belgium Satellite Services increases capacity with Eutelsat over Africa and Middle East

by Staff Reporter | January 17th, 2013

Eutelsat Communications and Belgium Satellite Services (BSS), have announced a long-term contract for 46 MHz of C-band capacity on the Eutelsat 10A satellite.

The new capacity on Eutelsat 10A will reportedly allow BSS to expand VSAT services for a client base of more than 150 businesses, NGOs and government administrations built by Intersat in more than 25 countries in Africa and the Middle East, and to develop new business

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 provider of satellite-based data solutions with offices in Kenya and the United Arab Emirates. The new capacity on Eutelsat 10A will reportedly allow BSS to expand VSAT services for a client base of more than 150 businesses, NGOs and government administrations built by Intersat in more than 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 ground station equipped with iDirect technology.

Nitin Dhawan, CEO of Belgium Satellite Services reports: “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. ”

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.”

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