SES AND GLOBAL EAGLE ENTERTAINMENT DOUBLE CAPACITY IN EXPANDED INFLIGHT CONNECTIVITY DEAL
Additional bandwidth to meet growing global demand, enable faster Wi-Fi connectivity and enhance passenger experience
LUXEMBOURG, 27 October 2015 – SES S.A. (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG), one of the world’s leading satellite operators, today announced that Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) (Nasdaq: ENT) a leading provider of content, connectivity, digital media and operations solutions to the travel industry, has signed new multi-year, multi-transponder agreements, doubling its SES satellite capacity, to meet growing global demand for inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) services.
Over the past two quarters, GEE has secured additional SES Ku-band capacity, adding bandwidth on six SES satellites, SES-1, AMC-1, AMC-2, AMC-3, NSS-12 and ASTRA 4A, to connect airline passengers across the globe. Under the expanding relationship with GEE, SES is also providing teleport services, ground infrastructure and its deeply rooted expertise in the aviation and mobility markets.
“GEE continues to expand its global inflight connectivity network with SES capacity to meet the exciting and rapidly expanding needs of airlines and their passengers around the world,” said Dave Davis, CEO of GEE. “Together with SES, its global fleet, and its high throughput satellites (HTS) that will be launched in 2017, GEE is ushering in the next generation of inflight entertainment and connectivity that is already reshaping the passenger experience and the industry as a whole.”
“SES is rapidly expanding and evolving its global fleet to remain at the forefront of fast-growing mobile connectivity demand around the world,” noted Elias Zaccack, Senior Vice President, Commercial, Americas, with responsibility for global mobility solutions at SES. “Our aim is to enable airline passengers to enjoy a superb connectivity experience that is comparable to that on the ground. SES is proud to be part of GEE’s high-quality, high-value service offering to its customer airlines.”
As part of its growing relationship with SES, GEE will also utilise major portions of HTS capacity aboard the SES-12, SES-14 and SES-15 satellites, which are currently under construction and scheduled for launch in 2017. SES-14 and SES-15 offer complementary coverage over busy air travel routes across the Americas and North Atlantic regions, Western Europe, the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, while SES-12 will serve the fast-growing aeronautical market across Asia and the Middle East.
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SES (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) is the world-leading satellite operator with a fleet of more than 50 geostationary satellites. The company provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators and business and governmental organisations worldwide.
SES stands for long-lasting business relationships, high-quality service and excellence in the satellite industry. The culturally diverse regional teams of SES are located around the globe and work closely with customers to meet their specific satellite bandwidth and service requirements.
SES holds a participation in O3b Networks, a next generation satellite network combining the reach of satellite with the speed of fibre.
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Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (Nasdaq: ENT) is a worldwide provider of aircraft connectivity systems, operations solutions and media content to the travel industry. Through the industry’s most comprehensive product and services platform, Global Eagle Entertainment provides airlines with a wide range of in-flight solutions. These include Wi-Fi, movies, television, music, interactive software, as well as portable IFE solutions, content management services, e-commerce solutions and original content development. Serving more than 200 airlines worldwide, Global Eagle Entertainment delivers exceptional quality and value to its customers to help them achieve their passenger experience objectives. The company’s headquarters are located in Los Angeles, California, with offices and teams located in North America, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Oceania and South America.
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