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SES WORLD SKIES, U.S. Government Solutions hosted a live demonstration of the award-winning Defense Intelligence VSAT Network (DIVN) in Phoenix, Arizona in conjunction with the 2010 DoD Intelligence Information Systems (DoDIIS) Conference.

To demonstrate the capability of the DIVN, bandwidth on board SES’s AMC-1 satellite and links through its Sunset Beach Teleport in Hawaii provided live distribution of conference plenary sessions to locations around the world. Additionally, conference attendees in Phoenix viewed live video feeds of Defense leadership in Washington, DC and Afghanistan over the network.

The DIVN program represents the integration of communications engineering and leading-edge broadband satellite support service to the Defense and Intelligence Community in support of more than 100 locations globally, including Afghanistan, Iraq and Korea.

The DIVN team was selected by the Director of the DIA to receive his Annual Agency Team Award in 2009. As a DIA-hosted conference, DoDIIS provided a strong venue to demonstrate the capabilities of the global satellite communications network to nearly 2,000 conference participants.

Philip Kwong, Chief Defense Intelligence VSAT Network, remarked, “The success of the demonstration as well as the Director’s award recently presented to the DIVN team are indicative of both the importance and the quality of the service that we provide DIA and our nation.”

Tip Osterthaler, President and CEO of SES WORLD SKIES, U.S. Government Solutions, noted, “DIVN has been a landmark program for SES WORLD SKIES, starting with a small contract to provide commercial bandwidth in support of a regional DIA network and evolving over several years into a significant program that provides mission critical capabilities to a large number of users across a wide geographic area. The demonstration provided a great illustration of how the U.S. Government and industry can come together to provide an enhanced, global communications capability.”

About SES WORLD SKIES, U.S. Government Solutions

SES WORLD SKIES, U.S. Government Solutions, a subsidiary of SES WORLD SKIES, 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 WORLD SKIES, U.S. Government Solutions offers robust and secure satellite-based communications solutions. Supported by SES’s fleet of 44 satellites offering comprehensive global coverage, SES WORLD SKIES, U.S. Government Solutions offers highly reliable fixed, transportable and on-the-move capacity.


SES WORLD SKIES is the new division of SES, created through the combination of the former SES NEW SKIES and SES AMERICOM. The company operates a fleet of 27 satellites – part of the 44 spacecraft of the SES group – delivering services as diverse as television distribution and broadcast, internet access, data transmission and business and government communications to customers worldwide. SES WORLD SKIES currently has four additional satellites under construction. The company’s unique customer-focused approach allows it to offer the best satellite solutions for a host of business and government requirements, with a view toward helping customers meet their short-term challenges and realize their longer-term goals. SES WORLD SKIES comprises a world-class team of customer care and technical professionals located in Princeton (NJ), The Hague, Washington D.C., Singapore, Beijing, London, Sao Paulo, Mexico City, Sydney, Accra and Johannesburg. Visit for more information.

About SES
SES (Paris:SESG)(LuxX:SESG) wholly owns the market-leading satellite operators SES ASTRA and SES WORLD SKIES, and participations in Ciel in Canada and QuetzSat in Mexico as well as a strategic participation in satellite infrastructure start-up O3b Networks. SES provides outstanding satellite communications solutions via a global fleet of 44 satellites in 26 orbital locations. For further information:

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SES WORLD SKIES, U.S. Government Solutions
Nicole Robinson, 703-610-0972

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