SES GLOBAL AFRICA COMPLETES FIRST SUCCESSFUL YEAR IN AFRICAN BUSINESS17 Feb 2006
Significant number of customer contracts on ASTRA satellites / Capacity used for broadband and telecommunications services
SES ASTRA, an SES GLOBAL company (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG), has announced that SES GLOBAL AFRICA has successfully extended its services into the African continent in 2005. By the end of last year, eight out of 41 commercially available transponders into the African continent have contributed to 2005 group revenues, bringing the utilisation to 20 per cent by year-end.
SES operations in Africa comprise 33 transponders utilising the African beam of the ASTRA 4A satellite at the orbital position 37.5° West as well as eight steerable Ku-band transponders on the ASTRA 2B satellite at the orbital position 28.2° East. On these satellites, SES GLOBAL AFRICA successfully concluded contracts with the telecommunications and satellite services providers GS Telecom, Skyvision, DCC Satellite & Network Nigeria, Accelon, Emperion and Unitel Hellas as well as with SES AMERICOM. Along with its partner Industrial Development Cooperation (IDC) of South Africa, SES is shareholder in Accelon which has commenced offering satellite solutions to Western Africa using the ASTRA 2B African capacity.
“We are proud and satisfied that our ASTRA 4A satellite is a tremendous success in its first year of commercial use and that further demand for our offer is strong”, says Alexander Oudendijk, Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of SES ASTRA. “By closing several important customer contracts, ASTRA 4A has become the satellite of choice for broadband and telecommunication operators across many African countries.”
Commercial operation of ASTRA 4A commenced during June 2005. In the Americas, ASTRA 4A is known as AMC-12. ASTRA 4A has a high-powered C band payload which allows the use of smaller terminals and greater data throughput, making it ideally suited to data, telecommunications and broadcast applications. ASTRA 4A is able to reach Africa, Europe, and North and South America from uplinks located in any of these continents due to its on board frequency switching matrix.
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