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SES Receives Approval from GSA to Sell O3b Services

Global satellite solutions provider SES Government Solutions (SES GS) received General Services Administration (GSA) approval to offer O3b services on their GSA Schedule as of July 8, 2014. This allows SES GS to be the first distribution partner to offer O3b capability directly to the U.S. Government.

U.S. Government agencies can now purchase O3b bandwidth, whole beams, gateway IP connectivity, modems, and ground and maritime terminals using the Special Item Numbers (SINs) 132-8, 132-54 and 132-55. Additionally, O3b products and capacity will be available for Future COMSATCOM Services Acquisition (FCSA), which is a joint initiative by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).This is the largest, most commonly used SATCOM acquisition vehicle in the U.S. Government and it provides direct access to products and services for more than 5,000 certified industry players. Vendors undergo a strict application process, which includes negotiations on fair and reasonable pricing.

GSA’s approval coincides with the successful launch of O3b’s four satellites on Thursday, July 10, 2014, with another four scheduled for launch early next year. The O3b network of satellites will allow for satellite capabilities with the speed of fiber, providing U.S. government customers with low latency and high bandwidth connectivity.

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About SES Government Solutions www.ses-gs.com

SES Government Solutions, a subsidiary of global satellite operator SES, is exclusively focused on meeting the satellite communications needs of the U.S. Government. Leveraging more than three decades of experience in the government SATCOM market, SES Government Solutions offers robust and secure satellite-based communications solutions. Supported by SES’s fleet of over 50 satellites offering comprehensive global coverage, SES Government Solutions offers highly reliable fixed and on-the-move capacity.

About O3b Networks Limited

O3b Networks Limited is a global satellite service provider building a next-generation satellite network for telecommunications operators, Internet service providers, enterprise and government customers in emerging markets. The O3b system will combine the global reach of satellite with the speed of a fiber‐optic network providing billions of consumers and businesses in nearly 180 countries with low‐cost, high‐speed, low latency Internet and mobile connectivity. O3b Networks’ investors include SES, Google, Liberty Global, HSBC Principal Investments, Northbridge Venture Partners, Allen & Company, Development Bank of Southern Africa, Sofina, Satya Capital and Luxempart. O3b Networks is headquartered in St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands.

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