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CETel acquisition of Geolink Satellite Services*

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Apr 20th, 2011 at 12:58pm  
Press release put here at request of CETel GmbH, Bonn (Germany), Seattle (USA), Paris (France), April 2011

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The CETel (Central European Telecom Services) Teleport in Germany.

CETel (Central European Telecom Services), the German Teleport & Satellite Service Provider, acquired SeaMobile Europe, a company of the SeaMobile Inc. and MTN family.

The satellite communication provider based in Paris (France) will in future perform under the origin name of Geolink Satellite Services, as an independent entity from CETel Germany.

Early April 2011 the companies reached the respective closing of the transaction of all assets to CETel. Trinity Advisers Limited acted as exclusive financial advisor to SeaMobile, Inc..

Geolink Satellite Services is well-known for its broad product portfolio comprising fix and mobile satellite services based Iridium, Inmarsat and iDirect technology for governmental, corporate and maritime customers. The company has an excellent reputation in the African region, especially in the French speaking markets. Within these regions, Geolink is a key supplier of satellite-based communications services for NGOs, government institutions, oil and gas, mining companies, media, fishing and offshore racing. With this acquisition, CETel will expand its service portfolio and customer base to consolidate its market position in Europe, Africa and the Middle East as well as in the mobile and maritime business.

The acquisition will allow CETel to combine the expertise of both companies and to provide customers with strong system integration capabilities and best-in-class end-to-end solutions. Furthermore, it will further strengthen their position in the Middle East and African markets. The migration of all involved services and personnel is expected to be finished by the end of the second quarter this year.

“We are delighted about this acquisition and are looking forward to extend our core business with integrated end-to-end solutions and state-of-the-art technologies“, states Christophe Pacilly, CEO of Geolink Satellite Services.

The acquisition will represent an expansion of the expertise of two key service providers well established in the European, Middle East and African regions, in an effort to develop and further provide competitive, reliable and quality turnkey satellite solutions.

“With the combined expertise of our two organizations, we expect to deliver significant advances to our customers and the global communications marketplace. In addition, the acquisition and migration of its services with about 1.000 contracted customers into more than 50 countries in Africa, Europe and the Middle East will allow CETel to strengthen its position as a global player in the satellite communications market” says Guido Neumann, Managing Director and co-founder of CETel.

About CETel
CETel (Central European Telecom Services) is one of the leading providers of global communication solutions via satellite. CETel offers services from their European headquarters with their own teleport facilities in Germany, and their affiliated company in the U.A.E. The company provides VSAT services to connect worldwide enterprises and governmental organizations. Furthermore, CETel offers cellular backhaul services, hub hosting, and customized, and satellite-based communication solutions. CETel cooperates with several satellite operators, telephone network carriers, leading TIER-1 IP backbone providers and field services providers worldwide. Therefore, CETel is able to offer end-to-end, broadband communication solutions as a complete package.

For further information please visit: http://www.ce-tel.com

About Geolink Satellite Services
The Geolink group was founded in 1991 and comprised of several European operations. In early 2007, SeaMobile Inc. / MTN acquired Geolink, and founded SeaMobile Europe for innovative communication services to remote locations predominately in Europe and Africa. In 2011, CETel acquired SeaMobile Europe to enlarge its service portfolio and formed the company Geolink Satellite Services.

For further information please visit: http://www.geolink.com

For further information please contact:
Meike Gottschlich
Director Marketing & Sales
Tel: +49 2295 90878 31
Email: gottschlich@ce-tel.com

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* Seamobile Europe has became Geolink Satellite Services so text has been amended in above postings.
Best regards, Eric.
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