SES marks Latin America capacity growth
Gabriel Miramar-Garcia ©RapidTVNews | 14-05-2012
In a review of its progress over the quarter, SES marked continued capacity expansion in Latin America.
During the quarter, SES successfully launched the SES-4 satellite, the 50th satellite in the fleet. Brought into service in mid-April, the satellite -- which is the largest and most powerful in the fleet - will activate up to 124 transponders in the Atlantic Ocean region, serving mainly the Americas (as well as the EMEA region), and representing a significant growth driver for the group.
Meanwhile, the 67 deg W orbital position was reinforced as the AMC-3 satellite was relocated from 87 deg W to join AMC-4. Together, the two spacecraft can offer up to 28 Ku-band transponders at 67 deg W to support multiple applications across the region. Media Networks Latin America, a division of Telefonica, subsequently signed a long term capacity agreement at 67 deg W to expand its pay-TV service across Central America and the Caribbean, SES noted.
Brazil's Rede Novo Tempo de Comunicacao renewed and expanded its long-term capacity agreement for video and radio broadcasting to audiences throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, North America and Western Europe. The programming will initially continue on NSS 806, transferring to SES-6 following its launch in early 2013.