SES announced today that it has signed a three year contract with CET for NSS-12 Ku-band capacity linking Europe and East Africa. CET has seen substantial demand for satellite services in this region and the East Africa beam has proved immensely popular with both operators and end-users.

CET has been steadily building up its portfolio of satellite capacity and expanding its coverage over Africa. Adding NSS-12 to the map completes CET's goal of having the African continent covered with Ku- and C-band. CET is already providing services on the Ku-Band South Africa beam of NSS-7 and is delighted to expand its partnership with SES, with the addition of NSS-12 East Africa beam. Services on both satellites are provided as SCPC links or through one of CET's iDirect Evolution hubs at its teleport in Hameln.

"Some of the services CET Teleport provides are for remote parts of Africa, which are best served by satellites. The high-powered NSS-12 satellite with its comprehensive coverage over East Africa and uplink beam over Europe has enabled SES to support CET as it continues to roll out of VSAT enterprise services across the region," said Simon Gatty Saunt, Vice President for data and mobility services, at SES.

Africa is a vibrant market and there is a constant need to provide broadband and VoIP connectivity for government, commerce and individuals in both the urban areas where the infrastructure has been damaged and also in rural areas which have not been properly served in the past.

Ken Armstrong, the CEO of CET Teleport said "This new service will perfectly complement our existing coverage of Africa. With the addition of the NSS-12 East Africa footprint we are proud to announce that we have the whole continent covered with both Ku and C-band. We can serve any country in Africa, any customer at any given time."