The recently-launched SES-4 is already demonstrating the ongoing strong demand for our high-power state-of-the-art satellites. Leading broadcasters and communications solutions providers were prompt in letting us know that they are keen to take wing on our latest satellite as seen from the multiple deals our customers have signed with us.
With the successful launch of this satellite on February 15, we now have 50 satellites in orbit – a milestone in SES’ history. Located at the 338 degrees East position, SES-4 is one of the most in-demand orbital locations for transatlantic traffic serving Africa, Europe and the Americas in both C- and Ku-band. This most powerful and largest satellite we have ever launched enables a full portfolio of services, including video distribution, government communication, VSAT and maritime services.
With its expanded reach over West Africa, SES-4 quickly caught the eye of broadcasters keen to develop opportunities to reach new French-speaking audiences. At the head of the queue, CANAL+ has not only recently renewed its lease commitments to SES, it has acquired additional new capacity on SES-4 in order to extend its CANAL+ Overseas offering, including delivering HD programming.
GlobeCast also has leased capacity on SES-4 to launch two new satellite broadcast platforms serving the sub-Saharan African region.
And the list of customers for SES-4 just keeps growing. ICCES, a leading Saudi Arabia-based communications services provider and systems integrator, has chosen Ku-band capacity on SES-4 to help its customers extend their VSAT connectivity across Saudi Arabia, North Africa, Libya, Tunisia and other key territories. ICCES will provide high-speed broadband to corporate VPN services, linking companies, particularly those in the oil and gas sector, as well as government agencies, universities and homes within the Middle East and beyond.
We are really excited by the enthusiasm our clients have demonstrated for SES-4. Equally, we are gratified by their ongoing loyalty, and their satisfaction with the business-enhancing capabilities of our leading-edge high-powered global fleet.
50 satellites and more to come. This can only mean the possibilities for our customers are endless.