SES signs UK capacity deal with GlobeCast
By Robert Briel
February 28, 2012 08.15 Europe/London

SES has signed a new long-term multiple transponder contract in the UK with GlobeCast.

The capacity on Astra’s future replacement fleet at the 28.2 degrees East neighbourhood will be used by GlobeCast to serve its television and radio clients seeking to cover the UK and Ireland.

SES served more than 12 million satellite households in the UK and Ireland at year-end 2011, according to the annual SES Satellite Monitor. SES will publish detailed reach figures on March 27.

Ferdinand Kayser, CCO, SES, said: “GlobeCast’s access to customers and our global and flexible satellite fleet are ideal components for the long-standing partnership between 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.”

Francis Rolland, CEO, GlobeCast UK, said: “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.”