SIS signs SES long-term Ka-band capacity deal

Editor | 18-01-2014

Leading satellite operator SES closed a long-term agreement with SIS LIVE to provide Ka-band capacity on the ASTRA 1L satellite located at 19.2 degrees East.

SIS LIVE, which owns and operates what are said to be the largest uplink facilities in Europe, has become the first major SNG organisation operating DVB and IP services on Ka-band capacity. Under the terms of the deal with SES, SIS LIVE will be able to deliver satellite newsgathering (SNG) services to premier news and content providers in the UK such as ITN and ITV.

"Having been heavily involved with the first major automated service for ITV and ITN ten years ago, we have a deep understanding of the day-to-day needs of fast-moving newsgathering organisations,” explained David Meynell, Managing Director of SIS LIVE. “ITV and ITN demand high quality, efficient services delivered by the latest innovative cost-efficient technology, and through the utilisation of this Ka-band capacity we will be able to continue to deliver the excellence they have come to expect from us."

Added Nick Stubbs, Vice President and General Manager, SES Western Europe: "SIS Live is a long standing and highly valued client. We are delighted to continue to develop our relationship and work with them to provide their clients with seamless delivery through our leading edge technologies."