Press Release

MCLEAN, VA – (April 9, 2010) – Global Satellite Operator SES today announced it is sharpening the focus of its U.S. Government business and is consolidating all USG capacity sales and delivery activities into a single business unit, named SES WORLD SKIES, U.S. Government Solutions.

The combination of AMERICOM’s 37 years of USG experience, along with SES’ 41 GEO communications satellites covering 99% of the world’s population will enable an enhanced communications capability for the U.S. Government.  Additionally, SES has tasked the new SES WORLD SKIES, USG Solutions team with helping to shape the SES fleet of the future to better meet the demands of U.S. Government customers.

Robert Bednarek, President and CEO of SES WORLD SKIES noted, “The creation of this organization not only signifies a change in the way we go to market as a global operator, it also empowers a single coherent voice for the U.S. Government in our satellite investment planning process, which will yield the most important long term benefits for both the company, and our government customers.”

SES WORLD SKIES, USG Solutions is led by Tip Osterthaler, President and CEO, who previously served as the President and CEO of AMERICOM Government Services (AGS), the SES organization around which this new entity has been formed.

“On the eve of a significant shift in U.S. Government buying practices with FCSA, this new focus within SES aligns us  to best meet the current needs of our customers.  Additionally, it presents the USG with the opportunity to influence future commercial capacity to ensure bandwidth is available for future requirements,” said Osterthaler.

About SES WORLD SKIES, U.S. Government Solutions

SES WORLD SKIES, U.S. Government Solutions, an independent corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of SES WORLD SKIES, 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, SES WORLD SKIES, USG Solutions offers robust and secure satellite-based communications solutions.  By integrating hybrid telecommunications and information technology systems, including leading-edge IP platforms and applications, we provide secure broadband communications in support of mission-critical needs as well as day-to-day operations.  Supported by SES’s fleet of 41 satellites offering comprehensive global coverage and bandwidth portability, SES WORLD SKIES, USG Solutions offers highly reliable fixed, transportable and on-the-move bandwidth and services can be provided on a global basis.  Our reputation as a provider of global bandwidth with industry-leading reliability 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.



SES WORLD SKIES is the newly combined SES division that brings together SES AMERICOM, the leading supplier of satellite services in the U.S., with the strategic global satellite services of SES NEW SKIES.  SES WORLD SKIES is a global leader that serves broadcasters, cable programmers, telecommunications companies and networks, governments, aeronautical and maritime communications integrators, Internet service providers, and educational institutions with efficient communications and content distribution solutions.  Recognized as a major innovator of advanced satellite communications services, the division operates a fleet of 25 satellites in key orbital positions capable of providing coverage and service throughout the Americas and around the world.  SES WORLD SKIES also has six spacecraft under construction and operates global ground facilities.  SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES has offices in Princeton, The Hague, Washington, D.C., Johannesburg, Sao Paulo, Singapore, and Sydney.  For more information, visit


About SES

SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) wholly owns the market-leading satellite operators SES ASTRA and SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES, 90% of SES SIRIUS in Europe, and strategic participations in Ciel in Canada and QuetzSat in Mexico. SES provides outstanding satellite communications solutions via a global fleet of 40 satellites in 26 orbital locations. For further information:
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Nicole Robinson, 703-610-0972

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