EchoStar Buys European Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) Operator

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The satellite operator, EchoStar is buying Solaris Mobile, a mobile satellite services (MSS) operator based in Dublin, Ireland and one of the European Union licensees of mobile satellite service with a complementary ground component (S band).

Solaris Mobile was jointly owned by SES and Eutelsat Communications.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Solaris Mobile is deploying a satellite and terrestrial network for wholesale access to enhanced mobile communications across Europe in the 30 MHz S band licensed to Solaris Mobile. In connection with the acquisition, EchoStar has entered into an agreement with Solaris Mobile to provide it with MSS capacity on a new next-generation MSS satellite.

"Through this acquisition and our mobile satellite infrastructure expertise, we look forward to accelerating advanced mobile services throughout the European Union," said Anders Johnson, president, EchoStar Satellite Services.

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