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Spacenet Signs Multi-year Satellite Agreement with SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES

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June 23, 2009

Spacenet Signs Multi-year Satellite Agreement with SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES

By Nathesh, TMCnet Contributor


Spacenet has tapped SES AMERICOM (News - Alert)-NEW SKIES and three of its best located satellites over North America to cater to the growing demand for emergency networks. Spacenet will also be able to keep its customers always connected and unaffected from natural and network disasters.

 
As part of a multi-year satellite capacity agreement, SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES will provide Spacenet with expanded capacity on its AMC-4, AMC-5 and AMC-6 satellites serving emergency response networks in North America.
 
SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES is the newly combined SES division that brings together SES-AMERICOM, the supplier of satellite services in the U.S., with the strategic global satellite services of SES NEW SKIES. Spacenet Inc. is a provider of high-performance satellite and hybrid terrestrial networking solutions for US based enterprise, government and small office/small business customers.
 
The expansion will let Spacenet offer improved connectivity to businesses, governments and law enforcement agencies in the event of catastrophic storms, network glitches and other unforeseen outages. The Missouri Department of Transportation’s (MoDOT) satellite-based continuity solution, winner of the 2009 Innovation and Technology Award at the International Satellite and Communications Exchange (ISCe) Conference, is one of a growing number of emergency networks delivered by Spacenet and SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES.
 
Glenn Katz, Spacenet’s president and chief operating officer, said that the firm enlisted SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES to keep consumers connected and nullify the effects of natural and network disasters. It is implementing its fixed and mobile VSAT networks and leveraging SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES’ always on connection in virtually every region of the country at the consumer and public safety level.
 
The MoDOT solution, based on both fixed and transportable satellite systems, supports full Voice over IP (VoIP) and Radio over IP (RoIP) capabilities with Quality of Service (QoS), Internet access, and can interface with trunked radio systems and analog systems. It offers easier transmission capabilities and control to communicate and interconnect remote tower sites by satellite, and interoperability with legacy systems.
 
Spacenet said claims that corporations and organizations are looking for a solution like they offer on the SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES platform that would combine terrestrial communications assets with satellite connectivity and also will continue working even if the primary networks are damaged during disasters.
 
Spacenet has its high-performance Connexstar satellite communications services supporting Star Race Cars and had teamed with Globecomm Services Maryland, a division of Globecomm Systems (News - Alert) Inc., to support its expansion of services to Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
 

Nathesh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Nathesh's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Amy Tierney

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