SES AMERICOM Affiliate, Sistemas Satelitales de Mexico, Earns Long-Term Satellite Capacity Contract...

SES AMERICOM Affiliate, Sistemas Satelitales de Mexico, Earns Long-Term Satellite Capacity Contract with Comsat Mexico

Leading Latin American telecommunications service provider to expand its satellite-based wireless broadband network services


Princeton, NJ–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–June 13, 2006–SES AMERICOM, an SES GLOBAL company (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg stock exchanges: SESG), has announced that its affiliate Sistemas Satelitales de Mexico, S. de R.L. de C.V., (SSM) was awarded a long-term contract by Comsat Mexico, S.A. de C.V., a division of Comsat International, for Ku-band satellite capacity on AMC-4.

Comsat Mexico provides commercial data network solutions, including region-wide connectivity, data center, Internet, voice, satellite, broadcast, and managed services, for enterprise and carrier clients based in the United States, Mexico and throughout Latin America. Comsat Mexico will use AMERICOM’s AMC-4 bandwidth via SSM to deliver broadband and transactional VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) and SCPC (Single Channel Per Carrier) services to its clients.

“Comsat’s services are critical to the communication infrastructure of Mexico and Latin America, and they have to ensure their equipment and service are reliable and dependable to businesses operating in regions without adequate terrestrial services,” said Diego Paldao, Director, Latin America and Caribbean at SES AMERICOM.

“We are proud they have turned to AMERICOM for our industry-leading satellite services to support this component of their endeavor.”

“Comsat aims to provide its customers with a single source of communications services whether located near stable land lines or not. With our quick deployment of VSAT networks, combined with the reliable, flexible, and high-quality satellite bandwidth provided by AMC-4, we will meet our mission of supplying our customers with the best possible communication connections in the U.S., Mexico and Latin America,” said Brian Brooks, Comsat International’s Vice President for Commercial Operations.

Brooks added that the relationship between SES AMERICOM and Comsat is especially important, as Comsat (together with Elara Comunicaciones) has recently signed contracts with I+D Mexico and Farmacias de Similares, under which Comsat will deploy more than 1,000 VSATs for Caminos y Puentes Federales de Ingresos y Servicios Conexos (CAPUFE), to process electronic toll payments, as well as for a pharmacy network in Mexico.

About AMC-4

AMC-4 is a hybrid C- and Ku-band satellite that became fully operational in January 2000 at 101 degrees west longitude. Its C-band transponders cover the continental United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Its Ku-band transponders cover North and South America, as each Ku-band transponder can be switched between North America and South America, fully supporting two-way communication throughout the Americas. This satellite also has four transponders in the extended Ku-band, which enable inter-American communications.

About Comsat International, Inc.

Comsat International, Inc. provides local, national and pan-regional network services and solutions for more than 1,800 enterprise and service-provider customers over modern, integrated terrestrial and satellite network facilities in key Latin American markets. It owns domestic networks in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Guatemala, Venezuela and Turkey and has two gateways interconnect points in the U.S., with terrestrial and satellite links to Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador and Uruguay. In addition, Comsat operates over 2,000 square meters of data center and teleport collocation space throughout the region. Comsat International, Inc. is headquartered in McLean, Virginia.


SES AMERICOM is a pioneer of global satellite communications and the largest supplier of satellite services in the Americas. It was established in 1973 with its first satellite circuit for the U.S. Department of Defense and currently operates a fleet of 17 spacecraft. Sistemas Satelitales de Mexico (SSM) was established in 2001 to market C- and Ku-band capacity on five AMERICOM satellites that offer complete Mexican coverage, including AMC-1, AMC-3, AMC-4, AMC-6 and AMC-7. With access to the SES GLOBAL family of satellite companies, SSM can provide end-to-end telecommunications solutions to any region in the world via a fleet of more than 40 satellites. SES AMERICOM serves broadcasters, cable programmers, aeronautical and maritime communications integrators, Internet service providers, mobile communications networks, government agencies, educational institutions, carriers and secure global data networks.

SES AMERICOM Affiliate, Sistemas Satelitales de Mexico, Earns Long-Term Satellite Capacity Contract with Comsat Mexico