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Sonema, Intelsat deliver communications infrastructure for African enterprises

Intelsat and Sonema, which provides telecommunication services in Europe and Africa, have expanded their current agreement for contracted satellite capacity, whereby Sonema will be able to increase its enterprise services offerings. Sonema has been developing telecommunications services for more than two decades and uses Intelsat's capacity to provide satellite communication transmissions to businesses such as financial institutions, in some of the most isolated regions of Africa.

Three hundred commercial sites in sub-Saharan Africa are set to benefit from the expansion by Sonema of its satellite services. Using capacity on Intelsat satellites, Sonema specialises in bringing communications to businesses in developing markets.

Under the new multi-year contract, Sonema will use capacity on Intelsat's IS-904 satellite located at 60º East, and renew its capacity contract on the Intelsat IS-1R satellite located at 45º West. The satellite-enabled transmissions within Sonema's telecommunications network will deliver critical services such as voice, Internet connectivity, video conferencing and financial transactions, to approximately 300 sites for 25 of the most established banks in sub-Saharan Africa.

"In developing regions, access to resilient communication technologies has been identified as a top-line objective for companies seeking to expand their offerings and become more competitive within the sectors they serve," said Kurt Riegelman, Intelsat's Senior Vice-President, Global Sales. "By leveraging the flexibility and high quality of our global satellite fleet and ground infrastructure, enterprise service providers such as Sonema can establish international and regional networks with ease and speed."

* Established in 1985, Monaco-based Sonema has been delivering telecommunication services throughout 400 satellite earth stations located in more than 36 countries throughout Africa and Europe. The company offers several international gateways (in Monaco, Antibes, South of France and the Paris region) with access to all the major networks. The 24/7 support centre located in Monaco provides permanent supervision and reports on all customers' networks.

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