ITS Networks will provide connectivity in Burkina Faso

A solution designed to improve, broaden and strengthen the administrative services of the country

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LUXEMBOURG, June 7, 2017 — SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg stock Exchange: USGE) announces that it has been selected to lead a project aimed at expanding the infrastructures of high-speed communications throughout Burkina Faso.

ITS Networks will provide the entire solution end-to-end, including terrestrial communication and wireless integration to the backbone network of optical fiber already available, in order to connect 881 sites for the e-government, education and health in Burkina Faso. In order to increase connectivity in this land-locked country, ITS Networks will use the satellite capacity for high-throughput and low-latency via its fleet of medium earth orbit (MEO), and will provide a management service as well as maintenance support from Luxembourg, and via a local presence in Burkina Faso.

The solution is specifically designed for the Programme to Support the Strengthening of Communication Infrastructure (PARICOM) and supports the policy of e-governance in burkina faso through a development cooperation agreement with the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. This project is part of the Indicative Programme of Cooperation for the period of 2017-2021 between the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg, and Burkina Faso. It aims to improve the quality, reliability and accessibility of the IT infrastructure and telecommunication across the country.

After the implementation of the project through ITS Networks, the Burkina Faso will have a telecommunications network, high-speed, flexible and reliable to meet the essential needs of the government. This network will be reinforced by the technology of the satellite and combined with a land cover wireless. The terrestrial wireless network will be operated by the National Agency for Promotion of Information Technology and Communication, Burkina Faso (ANPTIC).

“At the end of the project, the administration of Burkina Faso will fully benefit of the advantages of a network of advanced, next-generation,” said Gerhard Bethscheider, Managing Director of SES Techcom Services, a branch of the business unit and ITS Networks, newly created. “The combination of a terrestrial network links and satellite is the optimum solution in this particular case, because it increases the reliability of the network and increases the throughput IP. We have the capabilities and expertise needed to provide such end to end solutions, and we are ready to replicate this model in other african countries. ”

The project is a continuation of earlier collaboration of HIS with the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), which has enabled the digital transmission of secure, of the results of the presidential election in burkina faso in 2015.

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