Telecom Lead Asia: SES announced that it is leading
satellite operator carrying the highest number of pay DTH channels in the
Asia-Pacific region, with nearly 650 DTH channels.
The company’s success reflects its investment in
incremental satellite capacity in Asia-Pacific over the last decade.
SES also reaches 20 million pay TV homes in the region
via DTH, or one in three DTH subscribers in Asia.
SES’ orbital locations at 108.2 degrees East and 95
degrees East have been established as key video neighbourhoods in South Asia
and Asia-Pacific which meet the growing needs of Asian DTH operators such as
DishTV and Bharti Airtel in India, and MediaScape in the Philippines.
SES-8 will be launched in the first quarter of 2013. It
will deliver vital expansion capacity to thriving Asian video neighbourhoods in
South Asia and Indochina. SES currently operates a fleet of five satellites
(NSS-12, NSS-6, NSS-11, SES-7 and NSS-9) serving Asia-Pacific.
The growth of the direct-to-home market in Asia-Pacific
has been tremendous over the past five years and is a key reason why the demand
for satellite capacity continues to grow in the region.
We are delighted that consumers here are increasingly
turning to the power of satellite technology to meet their needs for richer,
higher quality content. As Asia goes digital, we are proud to be an enabler and
will continue to invest in growth capacity for the region to grow with our
customers as well as tailor our satellites to meet our customers’ unique
needs,” said Deepak Mathur, senior vice president Commercial, Asia-Pacific
and the Middle East at SES.
Across the globe, SES transmits over 5,000 TV channels,
with more than 1,200 of them in HD. SES’ 50 satellites cover 99 per cent of the
world’s population, reaching over 258 million households worldwide.