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SES and SageNet/Spacenet Ink New Capacity Deal to Serve Oil and Gas Industry in the US

Global satellite operator SES announced at the Oilcomm 2014 Conference today that it has signed a new capacity agreement with SageNet/Spacenet to help energy companies connect their mission-critical operations across the region.

As part of the deal, Tulsa, Oklahoma-based SageNet/Spacenet is using Ku-band capacity on the SES-1 satellite to provide managed enterprise communications solutions for drilling rigs and electric and natural gas utilities. Employees aboard drilling rigs from across the U.S. are relying on this additional bandwidth for high-speed broadband and high-quality voice services to communicate with their colleagues.

“As the U.S. leads the way in global energy production, SageNet/Spacenet is ideally positioned to meet the needs of energy market leaders across North America,” said John Matlaga, Vice President of Enterprise and Mobility for SES in North America. “SES has the resources and the satellite coverage across our growing global fleet to help SageNet/Spacenet deliver the fast, secure and reliable connectivity energy companies require, everywhere and anywhere it’s needed,” noted Matlaga.

The agreement is the latest development in a productive and long-standing partnership between SageNet/Spacenet and SES to meet the communications demands for the oil and gas industry. SageNet/Spacenet utilises multiple satellites across the SES fleet to serve a broad range of markets – from retail to oil and gas exploration and production, as well as state lottery operations throughout the U.S.

“SES is our largest provider of satellite capacity and expertise, and we continue to elevate our energy focus with SES by our side,” said Brad Wise, President of SageNet/Spacenet and a pivotal architect behind the company’s Energy Group, a specialised business unit devoted solely to the global energy market. “We are serving many of the largest and most innovative energy companies in the world right here in North America, as evidenced by this agreement aimed at meeting the communications needs of some of the most remote locations on earth.”

The SageNet/Spacenet Energy Group provides end-to-end managed network services for energy market exploration, production and distribution operations. Hallmarks of the Energy Group’s offerings include ultra, high-speed 6x2 Mbps satellite communications, industry-leading Service Level Agreements, geographically diverse dual hubs with actively managed switchover, and SageNet/Spacenet’s Premium Customer Support (PCS) programme.