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Connexion Verte Launches Cverte Satellite Broadband Service using Astra Connect

Astra Connect, by SES Broadband Services, is to be used by French ISP Connexion Verte to launch Cverte, a new and innovative 20Mbps competitive satellite Internet service available across France. The new service allows for unlimited downloads at night and has adaptable service plans that can be altered by SMS.

It is the first service of its kind in France to offer all these features at a rate of only 29.90 Euros per month and will be distributed exclusively by GPDIS Group (600M € CA) which includes Andom, Pulsat, Compétence and Avelis Telecom.

This partnership with SES Broadband Services will allow for tens of thousands of homes not served by major operators to access a high quality Internet connection over satellite.

In order to set up the connection, end users only need a satellite connection kit, which is 70% subsidised by France's local authorities (departments). The service can be paid for in one go or in monthly payments and professionally installed by one of a network of partners covering the whole of France.

"We are pleased to provide an easily adaptable, economically and technologically responsible solution offering up to 20Mbps and unlimited night-time usage. Cverte offers a new type of service which is tailored to each individual consumer's needs with real-time consumption monitoring. With our contract and our clear commitment charter, we are setting an example by introducing transparency and commitment. Every customer will be able to know how much they use," said Benoit Defoug, CEO of Connexion Verte.

Users wishing to have the service will be required to sign up for an initial contract of one or two years, but after this are free to cancel at any time. They can also change their subscription at any time via SMS, see how the local network is performing via an online portal and access print facilities and parental controls via mobile devices.

"With Astra Connect we are able to provide high quality reliable broadband to further reduce the digital divide. We share Connexion Verte's vision, values and commitment and we look forward to providing an efficient and highly competitive solution for rural and underserved areas across France," said Patrick Biewer, Managing Director of SES Broadband Services.

Cverte is a new generation of service able to provide users with all the tools to allow real-time consumption monitoring with alerts to warn if the user is approaching their contract limits. This new model is designed to encourage end users to take an economically and technologically friendly approach. It enables end users to substantially reduce their subscriptions, especially for second homes. The objective is to help the customer achieve services at no more than €29.90 per month.

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Notes to Editors:

Press Contacts:
Connexion Verte:
COMMUNIMARK - Philippe BURN - +33 6 29 58 56 76 - [email protected]

1R2COM - Nadège Fleury - +33 1 44 17 00 37 - [email protected]

SES Broadband Services:
Monika Lebkowska - +352 710 725 742 - [email protected]

Connexion Verte's values:
- Provide a unique offering with prices tailored to the real needs
- Allow the customer to manage his or her subscription profile interactively (web 3.0)
- Provide the general population with a service which is easy to understand and use (without regulation, with unlimited night use)

Connexion Verte's Equipment and Services:
Cverte Connection equipment includes an oval dish of 78/79 cm, a transceiver head, satellite and cable modem, a wireless router, a dish which supports TV, a 30m double coaxial cable and all required connectors.

Alongside satellite Internet, Connexion Verte also offers two Telephony services of either unlimited calls to landlines in mainland France and 49 international destinations or an unlimited package to landlines and mobiles in France and 49 international destinations.

A bracket for TV's also comes with this kit. With a simple TV demodulator and a TV coaxial cable (not supplied by Cverte), the end user can access TNT SAT channels.

About SES Broadband Services:
Based in Betzdorf, Luxembourg, SES Broadband Services is a 100% subsidiary of SES, one of the world's leading satellite operators. In partnership with local service providers, SES Broadband Services provides broadband solutions for individuals, businesses, institutions, government agencies and municipalities. SES Broadband Services' network is currently marketed in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

About SES:
SES is a world-leading satellite operator with a fleet of 56 geostationary satellites. The company provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators and business and governmental organisations worldwide.

SES stands for long-lasting business relationships, high-quality service and excellence in the broadcasting industry. The culturally diverse regional teams of SES are located around the globe and work closely with customers to meet their specific satellite bandwidth and service requirements.

SES (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) holds participations in Ciel in Canada and QuetzSat in Mexico, as well as a strategic participation in satellite infrastructure start-up O3b Networks. Further information at: www.ses.com.

About Connexion Verte:
Connexion Verte is a leading satellite service operator in France, Belgium and Switzerland, with a range of services dedicated to broadband services in rural areas using satellite technology to cover territories without structural investments or boundaries.

Cverte with the value of Connexion Verte upholds a message of simplicity and transparency in the dissemination of the internet by satellite, with the desire to establish a lasting relationship based on an understanding of services and optimal use based on free metering.

Connexion Verte is one of the first French companies to have engaged in the Diversity Charter and makes its teams from all walks of the first value of customer relationships.

The aim of Connexion Verte is to become a European leader in satellite Internet while maintaining a close relationship with the end users. Further information at: www.cverte.fr.

Source: RealWire

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