SES-6 Satellite Launched Successfully With Large Brazilian Anchor Customer
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Baikonur/ Luxembourg, June 4, 2013 – SES S.A. (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) is pleased to announce that the SES-6 satellite roared into space on board an ILS Proton Breeze M booster yesterday at 15:18:31 pm Baikonur time (11:18:31 CET and 05:38:31 EDT). After a 15-hour, 31-minute mission, the Breeze M upper stage of the Proton rocket successfully released the SES-6 satellite directly into geostationary transfer orbit.
Following the successful launch, SES also announces the Brazilian telecommunication group Oi is a new anchor customer who signed a significant long-term capacity agreement to provide Direct-to-Home (DTH) services in Brazil. With the agreement, Oi becomes the largest user of the new satellite.
"With SES-6, Oi has access to significant additional satellite capacity at exactly the right time in order to take its pay-TV services to the next level of development," said James Meaney, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Oi. "We will be able to meet consumers' demand for a greater diversity of channels, many in high definition, as soon as possible."
"This very important capacity agreement for a large part of the Ku-band transponders of SES-6 enables Oi to launch a new DTH platform for the Brazilian market," said Romain Bausch, President and CEO of SES. "This agreement is a quantum leap for us in this very important and dynamically growing market, demonstrating how satellites substantially support telecommunication companies in the development and delivery of triple- and quadruple-play hybrid services. In addition, by early replacing the NSS-806 satellite and by adding new C-band capacity, the investment into the SES-6 satellite reflects our strong focus on the Latin American market and the development of an important video neighborhood at the 40.5 degrees West orbital position."
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