SES inks capacity deal with GlobeCast for the UK market


Telecom Lead Team:
SES, a satellite operator with fleet of 50
geostationary satellites announced that it has inked a new long-term multiple
transponder contract with GlobeCast, a subsidiary of France Telecom/Orange.


Under the contract, the capacity on ASTRA’s future
replacement fleet at the 28.2 degrees East neighborhood will be used by
GlobeCast to serve its wide range of television and radio clients seeking to
address the UK and Ireland.


GlobeCast’s access to customers and our global and
flexible satellite fleet are ideal components for the long-standing partnership
SES and GlobeCast in the broadcasting business. GlobeCast already markets SES
capacity from multiple orbital positions around the globe, serving a wide range
of geographic markets including Continental Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin
America and the United States. We are pleased to further develop and enlarge
this cooperation,” said Ferdinand Kayser, chief commercial officer of SES.


SES provides satellite communications services to
broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network
operators and business and governmental organizations worldwide.


With its fleet of ASTRA satellites co-positioned at the
orbital slot 28.2 degrees East and a very attractive neighborhood at that slot,
SES served more than 12 million satellite households in the UK and Ireland at
year-end 2011, according to the annual SES Satellite Monitor.


  Providing broadcasters across the world with
access to the best platforms is one of GlobeCast’s key missions. This new
capacity with SES allows us to do just that in the UK and Ireland, ensuring
that GlobeCast will be able to provide prime distribution, including to the Sky
and Freesat platforms, for years to come,” said Francis Rolland, CEO of
GlobeCast UK.


Recently, SES
signed a major capacity deal with ICCES, a Saudi-based communications services
provider and systems integrator, to serve new markets across the Middle East
and North Africa.


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