SSL demonstrates commitment to middle east region, supports Milsatcom conference in Abu Dhabi

PALO ALTO, Calif. – February 5, 2015 — Space Systems/Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced its support for the 4th annual Milsatcom Middle East Conference, demonstrating the company’s commitment to expanding satellite communications capabilities in the region. In addition to showing its support as a sponsor, industry expert Mr. Anthony Colucci, vice president of Marketing and Sales at SSL, will share his perspective as a featured panel speaker at the event, which runs from February 24 - 25th at the Ritz Carlton Grand Canal in Abu Dhabi, UAE

SSL has been working in the Middle East for many years to help satellite operators expand their communications infrastructure. The company built the first satellite for Es’hailSat, the Qatar Satellite Company, and celebrated its entry into service in Doha early last year.

“We have many good friends in the Middle East, which continues to be a region of emerging opportunities for satellite communications,” said Mr. John Celli, president of SSL. “Our participation at the Milsatcom Conference will provide us with further insight into the demand for service and other issues that are important to satellite operators in the region so that we can be increasingly supportive at the business planning level.”

In 2014, satellite operators worldwide demonstrated strong confidence in SSL. It was a record year of sales for the company, and SSL also completed the construction of five communications satellites which were all successfully launched.

At the conference, Mr. Colucci will lend his expertise to the panel discussion titled, “Meeting the Growing Requirement for Bandwidth and Higher Satellite Capacity” on February 25th at 10:35 am. SSL has built more than 40 Ka-band and high throughput payloads including the world’s two largest capacity broadband satellites in service today. Leveraging this experience, he will discuss how high throughput satellites can meet the growing demand for capacity, especially for government applications such as disaster recovery, humanitarian relief, data transfer from UAVs, and other military uses. He will also share his experience with putting high throughput payloads on multi-mission satellites and building the satellites for universal broadband access across the entire continent of Australia.

“We are very pleased that SSL has joined the exceptional group of government entities and commercial partner organizations that are participating in Milsatcom ME 2015,” said

Anna Atabekian, Conference Manager, Milsatcom Middle East. “SSL brings a wealth of satellite industry expertise and a global perspective on communications systems that support strategic national objectives.”

About SSL

SSL has a long history of delivering reliable satellites and spacecraft systems for commercial and government customers around the world. As a leading provider of commercial satellites, the company works closely with satellite operators to provide spacecraft for a broad range of services including television and radio distribution, digital audio radio, broadband Internet, mobile communications, and Earth observation. Billions of people around the world depend on SSL satellites every day. For more information, visit