SES ASTRA, an SES GLOBAL company (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG), announced today that it has contracted further capacities for the African continent. New agreements have been concluded since early this year with Unitel Hellas, Skyvision and GS Telecom. The capacity is mainly used for data communication, VSAT services and trunk connections for mobile phone and telephony services within the region.

With these new contracts and after the ramp-up in the fourth quarter, 50 percent out of 42 commercially available transponders will be contributing to the group revenues by year-end 2006. SES ASTRA operations in Africa comprise 34 transponders utilising the African beam of the ASTRA 4A satellite at the orbital position 37.5° West as well as eight steerable Ku-band transponders on the ASTRA 2B satellite at the orbital position 28.2° East.

ASTRA 4A has a high-powered C band payload which allows the use of smaller terminals and greater data throughput, making it ideally suited to data, telecommunications and broadcast applications. ASTRA 4A is able to reach Africa, Europe, and North and South America from uplinks located in any of these continents due to its on board switching matrix.

“With its broad coverage and high power, ASTRA 4A is rapidly becoming the preferred orbital position in Africa”, said Alexander Oudendijk, Chief Commercial Officer of SES ASTRA. “With a row of successful capacity agreements, ASTRA 4A has proven to be the perfect vehicle for telecommunications and enterprise customers in Africa.”

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