Press Release

McLEAN, VA – (August 5, 2008) – Satellite solutions provider AMERICOM Government Services (AGS) announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire AOS, Inc., engineers of secure telecommunications technologies and global network mobility.  Upon completing this transaction, AOS, Inc. will be integrated as a division of AGS.

Founded in Dallas, Texas in 1988, AOS, Inc. is a leading provider of highly secure, customized, turnkey network mobility and communications solutions, and engineering, program management, IT consulting and managed network services.  As one of the most respected and recognized leaders in its industry, AOS has a reputation for exceeding customer expectations in solving mission-critical problems with innovative applications of technology and expertise.

Tip Osterthaler, President and Chief Executive Officer of AGS, commented, “The benefits of the acquisition of AOS, Inc. will be reflected in the added value we are creating for our U.S. Government customers.  Operational security is an important aspect of how our customers operate – the integration of AOS technology with our satellite solutions will enable enhanced communications for the U.S. Government worldwide.”

As an SES AMERICOM company, AGS leverages 38 global satellites in creating custom satellite communications solutions to meet the mission requirements of the U.S. Department of Defense, NASA, FAA and other U.S. government organizations around the world.

Sue Robinson, President and Chief Executive Officer of AOS, Inc., noted, “The addition of AOS’s highly secure, turnkey network and communications solutions will further strengthen AGS’s leadership in meeting the U.S. Government’s growing demand for commercial satcom and network mobility solutions.”

AOS, Inc. will continue most operations from its Dallas, Texas headquarters with the incorporation of a few staff members in the AGS offices in McLean, Virginia.


AMERICOM Government Services, Inc. (AGS), an independent corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of SES AMERICOM, Inc., is exclusively focused on meeting the satellite communication needs of the U.S. Government.  Leveraging more than three decades of experience in the government SATCOM market, AGS offers robust and secure satellite-based communications solutions.  By integrating hybrid telecommunications and information technology systems, including leading-edge IP platforms and applications, AGS provides secure broadband communications in support of mission-critical needs as well as day-to-day operations. Leveraging SES’s fleet of 38 satellites offering comprehensive global coverage and bandwidth portability, AGS’s solutions include highly reliable fixed, transportable and on-the-move services that can be provided on a global basis.  AGS’s reputation as a provider of high-value end-to-end solutions has been validated by long-term relationships with diverse customers, including DoD, Department of Commerce/NOAA, Department of Justice, Department of the Interior, Department of Transportation, NASA, and other civilian and defense-related agencies.


As the leading supplier of satellite services in the U.S., 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 with efficient communications and content distribution solutions.  The company, recognized as a major innovator of advanced satellite communications services, operates a fleet of 15 spacecraft in orbital positions predominantly providing service throughout the Americas.

SES AMERICOM is an SES company (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG).  SES wholly owns three market-leading satellite operators, SES ASTRA in Europe, SES AMERICOM in North America, and SES NEW SKIES, which provides global coverage and connectivity.  The company also holds 90% of SES SIRIUS in Europe as well as strategic participations in Ciel in Canada and QuetzSat in Mexico.  SES provides outstanding satellite communications solutions via a fleet of 38 satellites in 25 orbital positions around the globe.  Additional information on SES is available at

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Nicole Robinson, 703-610-0972

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