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    SES ASTRA signs important capacity agreement for video delivery via its 31.5 degrees

    SES ASTRA announced today that it has signed an important capacity agreement for video delivery via its 31.5 degrees East orbital position. Through the contract with Ukraine's state owned Ukrkosmos, SES ASTRA will immediately get access to allcablehead-ends and terrestrial networks, and achieve 100 percent cable-coverage in Ukraine via this orbital position.

    Ukrkosmos' channel portfolio includes state-owned UTR, Kultura and KDRTRK, as well as Sport 1, Sport 2, Malyatko TV and Menu TV. Since UTR and Kultura are subject to must-carry rules, cable operators are obliged to offer the two channels as part of their bouquet. This allows SES ASTRA to immediately gain significant reach in Ukraine.

    31.5 degrees East is SES ASTRA's orbital position for Eastern Europe and the Middle East. It complements SES ASTRA's very successful 5 degrees East orbital position that already delivers a large variety of channels to Ukraine and allows for further growth in the region.

    Norbert Hölzle, Chief Commercial Officer of SES ASTRA, said: "We are delighted about this agreement with Ukrkosmos which demonstrates the strong dynamic in the region. Further to strengthening our long standing relationship with Ukrkosmos and its shareholder, the National Space agency of Ukraine, the agreement shows that we have succeeded in establishing 31.5 degrees East as an important orbital position for the Ukrainian market. We look forward to winning additional customers for this growing orbital position."

    Sergey Kapshtyk, General Director of State Enterprise Ukrkosmos: "The capacity agreement with SES ASTRA will allow us to offer superior signal quality and coverage over Ukraine and optimise the distribution of our customer's content to terrestrial and cable networks. We are looking forward to continue working extensively with our colleagues from SES ASTRA to improve our offer to customers in Ukraine."

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    TV-viewers can receive the Ukrkosmos bouquet throughout the country with satellite dishes of 60 centimeters using the following transmission parameters: Satellite name: ASTRA 1G, Orbital position 31.5 degrees East, transponder No. 5.231, reception frequency 12304.50 MHz, horizontal polarization.

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    Re: SES ASTRA signs important capacity agreement for video delivery via its 31.5 degr

    SES Astra wins new business at 31.5 degrees East
    December 15th, 2010 - 10:24 UTC
    by Andy Sennitt.

    SES Astra announced today that it has won Central Central European Media Enterprises (CME) as anchor customer for its 31.5 degrees East orbital position. CME is a leading vertically integrated media and entertainment company operating broadcasting, internet and TV content businesses in six Central and Eastern European countries with an aggregate population of approximately 50 million people. CME’s television programmes in Romania and Bulgaria include PRO TV, PRO TV International, Acasa, PRO Cinema, Sport.ro and MTV Romania and bTV, bTV Cinema, bTV Comedy, Pro.bg and Ring.bg in Bulgaria.

    CME has contracted one transponder on 31.5 degrees East on a long-term basis. It will use the capacity for video distribution to cable head-ends in Romania and Bulgaria, starting in January 2011. SES Astra will thereby gain access to millions of cable households in two of the biggest growth markets in Central and Eastern Europe.

    31.5 degrees East is SES Astra’s new orbital position for Central Europe and the Middle East. It complements SES Astra’s very successful hotspot at the 23.5 degrees East orbital position and allows for further growth in the region.

    Norbert Hölzle, Chief Commercial Officer of SES Astra, said: “With CME, we have won a premium customer for our 31.5 degrees East orbital position. The agreement will help us to significantly increase our reach in Romania and Bulgaria and shows that we have succeeded in establishing 31.5 degrees East as a new orbital hotspot for the region. We look forward to further strengthening our position and to contracting additional customers soon.”

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