Saudi Telecom Firm Inks Capacity Deal with SES

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ICCES, a Saudi Arabia-based telecommunications company, has signed a “major capacity deal” with satellite operator SES to provide services in the Middle East and North Africa, SES of Luxembourg said in a Feb. 27 press release.

The long-term agreement calls for SES to provide Ku-band capacity aboard its recently launched SES-4 satellite to provide very small aperture terminal, or VSAT, services in countries including Saudi Arabia, Libya and Tunisia. Customers include consumers, universities, government agencies, companies and maritime users, the press release said.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“As the demand for business and residential connectivity surges across the Middle East and North Africa, ICCES is well positioned with the high-powered reach of SES-4 to meet the diverse challenges facing our customers,” ICCES Chief Executive Mohammed Nafjan said in a prepared statement.

Meanwhile, in a separate press release issued Feb. 28, SES said it signed a long-term, multiple transponder lease agreement with communications network services provider GlobeCast to provide connectivity in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Financial terms of that deal, involving SES replacement satellite capacity at 28.2 degrees east longitude, were not disclosed.